Lettera Matematica

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 279–286 | Cite as

Matter built, excavated, split: a journey through fractal cities

  • Sandra Lucente


This article describes cities that have fractal features, including the city of Petra in Jordan and several cities in southern Italy, such as Matera, Massafra and Pietragalla. Such cities can either be perched on a hilltop or excavated into a hill or gorge. The setting and materials determine urban and artistic features that can be described in mathematical terms.


Fractals Mathematical tourism Cantor set Sierpinski gasket Menger sponge 


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© Centro P.RI.ST.EM, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di MatematicaUniversità degli studi di BariBariItaly

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