The Possibilities and Limits of Self-Organisation

  • Maria Tinacci Mossello
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Abstract

Geographers have traditionally reserved the term ‘urban system’ to denote the organisation of sets of cities in space or in a specific environment (Tornqvist, 1981, Herbert and Thomas, 1990). The numerous urban geography studies dealing with single cities have, on the other hand, mainly focused on landscape and on economic function. Berry (1964) was, to my knowledge, the first author to explicitly propose an application to urban analysis of the scientific homomorphism suggested by General Systems Theory (Von Bertalanffy, 1968), inviting readers to think of cities as ‘systems within systems of cities’. Bertuglia (1991) clearly refers to this theoretical model though placing special emphasis on single cities, having of course in mind not the study of a city, but rather of the city.

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Entropy Manifold Europe Transportation Coherence 

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