A Computational Implementation of Jane Jacobs' Generators of Diversity
A Computational Implementation of Jane Jacobs' Generators of Diversity Part of the reason for the frequent recent mentions of Jane Jacobs on this blog is that I’ve been working on developing a ‘Computational Implementation of Jane Jacobs’ Generators of Diversity’ as part of my recently completed dissertation at CASA UCL. Jacobs (quite convincingly) argues that diversity fuels autocata ...
The Valuable Inefficiencies of Cities
The best solutions to problems aren’t always the most obvious. This is why we value creative thinkers and the odd-ball eccentric genius sorts who arrive at fresh new ways of looking at the world. Our cities work the same way. Let me explain. It is a natural inclination to want to build on what we’ve done before; to extend, to refine, to optimise. However, this is also a form of path dependence and [lock-in](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lock-in ...
Self organisation at the ‘edge of chaos’
Self organisation at the ‘edge of chaos’ Pattern changes in snow accumulation on successive bridge railings. I took these pictures one miserably cold winter morning in Winnipeg. Note the potency and variety of snow pattern formations at the intersection of slow-fast ...
Time for a new smart cities narrative?
Time for a new smart cities narrative? A growing chorus is calling for a more nuanced discussion of the narratives applied to smart cities and the internet of things. See, for example, Bruce Sterling’s “The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things", Adam Greenfield’s “Against the Smart City”, Dan Hill’s ["O ...
An informational localised network centrality measure
I’ve been running some experiments with graph centrality indices in an attempt to find an effective method to describe Jane Jacob’s thinking behind her argument for ’the need for small blocks’. Centrality indices are a manner to identify the most important edges (links) or vertices (nodes) in a graph (network), and can tell you things like which people are the most influential in a social network, or which roads are the most likely to experience traffic and liveliness. In the case of street net ...