Inventing future citiesMaterial type: TextPublication details: 2018 The MIT Press Cambridge, MADescription: xviii, 282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cmISBN:
- 9780262038959 (hardcover : alk. paper)
- 307.76 BAT
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<p>Includes bibliographical references and index.</p>
Predictability, complexity and inventing the future
The great transition
Form follows function, or does it?
The pulse of the city
Outwards, inwards and upwards: suburbs to skyscrapers
The sixth Kondratieff: the age of the smart city
The inventive century
We cannot predict future cities, but we can invent them. Cities are largely unpredictable because they are complex systems that are more like organisms than machines. Neither the laws of economics nor the laws of mechanics apply; cities are the product of countless individual and collective decisions that do not conform to any grand plan. They are the product of our inventions; they evolve. In Inventing Future Cities, Michael Batty explores what we need to understand about cities in order to invent their future.Batty outlines certain themes—principles—that apply to all cities. He investigates not the invention of artifacts but inventive processes. Today form is becoming ever more divorced from function; information networks now shape the traditional functions of cities as places of exchange and innovation. By the end of this century, most of the world's population will live in cities, large or small, sometimes contiguous, and always connected; in an urbanized world, it will be increasingly difficult to define a city by its physical boundaries. Batty discusses the coming great transition from a world with few cities to a world of all cities; argues that future cities will be defined as clusters in a hierarchy; describes the future “high-frequency,” real-time streaming city; considers urban sprawl and urban renewal; and maps the waves of technological change, which grow ever more intense and lead to continuous innovation—an unending process of creative destruction out of which future cities will emerge.