• Cristoforo S. Bertuglia
  • Giuliano Bianchi
  • Alfredo Mela
Conference paper


The international seminar on “The City and its Sciences” (Perugia, 28–30 September, 1995) from which this volume originated, arose from the following idea, which served as a guide and also a working hypothesis (and like all working hypotheses, required verification):

“The city, at least since the industrial revolution, has become a highly complex entity and appears to be getting more complex. In fact, it is characterised by a growing number of nonlinear interactions between numerous urban actors, who generate space-time dynamics which are always irreversible, often discontinuous and sometimes chaotic. The sciences of the city, moving from a structural and functionalist paradigm towards an evolutionary paradigm, are beginning to make use of the theory of complexity and the disciplines which provide tools for its application. At the same time, the planning of the city, moving from a rational/ comprehensive concept towards a process of social learning, is once again linking the phases of analysis and design, favouring a synthesis of their methodologies. These methodologies, in order to deal with urban complexity, are increasingly taking the form of data organisation and management techniques which emulate memory processes, techniques of data processing which emulate reasoning processes, and decision-making techniques which emulate processes of social participation” (Bertuglia, Detragiache and Rabino, 1993, p. 172–173, our translation).


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