Category Archives: Emergence

How Disruptive is the Smart City Movement?

A couple of months ago I attended a meeting at Wilton Park in Sussex organised by the Uk Government’s Tech City Hub ( and a cloud computing company called Improbable ( specialising in massively parallel agent based modelling (for cities, transport, … Continue reading

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A City is Not a Tree: 50th Anniversary Edition

A really nice idea. Michael Mehaffy has put together a superb collection of comments on Chris Alexander’s famous 1965 paper “A City is Not a Tree”. The comments which are presented in slightly longer papers and shorter contributions are from those … Continue reading

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The Circular Economy

The new book from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation contains a series of articles on cities and the built environment that relates to renewability and regeneration in terms of energy, information and new ways of conserving both physical and human resources. … Continue reading

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