As cities grow, they change in a predictable way.

A great video synthesis of Santa Fe Institute’s Cities, Scaling, and Sustainability research effort on finding “theoretical insights about cities that can inform quantitative analyses of their long-term sustainability in terms of the interplay between innovation, resource appropriation, and consumption and the make up of their social and economic activity.”

“This focus area brings together urban planners, economists, sociologists, social psychologists, anthropologists, and complex system theorists with the aim of generating an integrated and quantitative understanding of cities.”

This interdisciplinary exploration of the fundamental nature of cities is particularly relevant to our program, in which we develop methodologies that can be used by architects and urban planners together with other professionals in addressing the adverse effects of rapid urbanization.

Fore more on the SFI’s research effort, see the video below or visit their website.

via Citylab

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