Abstract Urbanism

Fuller, Matthew and Harwood, Graham. 2016. Abstract Urbanism. In: Rob Kitchin and Sung-Yueh Perng, eds. Code and the City. Routledge. ISBN 978-1138922112 [Book Section]

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One of the first computational models of cities was Thomas Schelling’s “Models of Segregation” in this, and related papers of around the same period (1969-71), he attempted to provide a logical model for understanding the dynamics of racial segregation in north American cities and laid much of the groundwork for what later became agent-based modeling.1 Such work is expressed contemporarily for instance in the work of J.M. Epstein and others in the area of computational social modeling.2 Although Models of Segregation did not at first use a computer, it sets up some of the basic characteristics of the field. We use this work as a starting point to think about the relationship between urban morphologies and the politics of models on the one hand and the way in which, with the increasing and multiform kinds of merger between computational systems, models, and city forms, what it means to live in a model.

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Centre for Cultural Studies (1998-2017)


15 April 2016Published

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