Scientists have derived a series of mathematical formulas that describe how cities’ properties vary in relation to their population size, and then posits a novel unified, quantitative framework for understanding how cities function and grow.
New, fascinating research led by Luis Bettencourt and the Santa Fe Institute’s Cities & Urbanization research team has bearing on the Smart Cities concept. In a paper published in the magazine Science (week of June 20, 2013) Bettencourt proposes a framework for understanding how cities function and grow.
His framework has practical implications for planners and policy makers, he says. The paper shows how obstacles to socialization, such as crime or segregation, and enablers that promote the ability of people to connect, such as transportation and electricity, all become part of the same equation.
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