Metabolism of the City
Geometry has always been the principal mathematical means of describing the form of a city, persisting from the plans of ancient cities through to many contemporary studies. In recent decades there has been an increasing interest in the application to urban analysis of mathematical techniques that are more commonly used in biological studies of the metabolism of individual animals and insects, in their social groupings and collective constructions, and in the relations of energy, information and material flows through ecological systems.
The hypothesis of our current research is that the combination of the study of energy, information and material flows and their networks in relation to the environmental physics of the urban surface and spatial patterns of the city, and how each acts upon the other over time, will be a significant step towards understanding of the dynamics of cities.
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