Urban and regional dynamics from the global to the local: hierarchies, ‘DNA’, and ‘genetic’ planning
When the known properties of the dynamics of nonlinear systems are reviewed in the context of urban and regional modelling, it is argued that this provides an important new perspective for planners—analogous to the role of DNA in biology. As a preliminary, it is shown that effective modelling of urban and regional dynamics, particularly with a view to policy and planning applications, demands the articulation of a hierarchy of models. It is then possible to identify the structural ‘DNA’ for various layers which determine the dynamics and possible paths of development. This in turn allows the development of a ‘genetic planning’ concept by analogy with ‘genetic medicine’.
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