Cellular Automata and Fractal Urban Form: A Cellular Modelling Approach to the Evolution of Urban Land-Use Patterns

  title={Cellular Automata and Fractal Urban Form: A Cellular Modelling Approach to the Evolution of Urban Land-Use Patterns},
  author={Roger White and Gert Engelen},
  journal={Environment and Planning A},
  pages={1175 - 1199}
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