Growing a city

July 16, 2008

Cities are one of the finest examples of complex systems. Central to the physics of complex systems is emergence. An emergent behaviour or emergent property can appear when a number of simple entities (individuals) operate in an environment, forming more complex behaviors as a collective. Through a study of urban patterns and their evolutions for the city of Tainan, a set of individuals and interactions are formulated to represent elements of a city as well as compositional rules for urban patterns. These individuals and interactions are designed into a cellular automation machine to explore their emergent behaviors.

  1. An exploration of armatures (online demo)
  2. An exploration of enclaves (online demo)
  3. An exploration of heteropotias (online demo)