Theories and Models of Urbanization

Geography, Economics and Computing Sciences

  • Denise Pumain

Part of the Lecture Notes in Morphogenesis book series (LECTMORPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Denise Pumain
    Pages 1-9
  3. Theories of Complexity and Urban Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Michael Batty
      Pages 13-26
  4. Scaling Laws: Universal Solutions for Urban Planning or Contingent Products of Circumstances?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Elsa Arcaute, Erez Hatna
      Pages 45-66
    3. Horacio Samaniego, Mauricio Franco-Cisterna, Boris Sotomayor-Gómez
      Pages 97-118
  5. Economy Versus Geography: Theories of Urbanization and Cities Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Lena Sanders, Isabelle Thomas, Céline Vacchiani-Marcuzzo
      Pages 151-167
  6. Urban Theories and International Comparisons

  7. Complex Systems Modeling for Better Understanding Urbanization Theories

About this book


This book provides a thorough discussion about fundamental questions regarding urban theories and modeling. It is a curated collection of contributions to a workshop held in Paris on October 12th and 13th 2017 at the Institute of Complex Systems by the team of ERC GeoDiverCity. There are several chapters conveying the answers given by single authors to problems of conceptualization and modeling and others in which scholars reply to their conception and question them. Even, the chapters transcribing keynote presentations were rewritten according to contributions from the respective discussions. The result is a complete “state of the art” of what is our knowledge about urban processes and their possible formalization.


world urbanization evolutionary economic geography historical complex systems spatial simulation models urban diversity cities and systems of cities urban processes urban systems urban planning urban economics mega cities emerging countries urbanization theory

Editors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity Paris I Pantheon SorbonneParisFrance

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