Cities can be thought of as analogues to peaks on a dynamic fitness landscape. Brad Bass will discuss this concept theoretically and illustrate this idea using a geographical analysis of the U.S. Patent Database. This analysis also illustrates networked, authoritative and chaotic search strategies and sheds light on the stability of the central place structure. It could lead to a revitalization of central place theory, a theory that while was once one of the cornerstones of a geographic education, but has been largely ignored and left out of textbooks in the field.

Speaker Profile

Brad Bass is a researcher with Environment Canada’s Adaptation and Impact Research Division, located in the Centre for Environment at the University of Toronto, where he manages the Division’s research program for the St. George campus. His research focuses on the use of ecological technologies in adapting urban areas to atmospheric change, the impacts of climate change on the energy sector, and the characteristics of adaptable systems. He is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change’s Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis and the Chair of the North American Green Roof Research Committee.

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