Constructing cities, deconstructing scaling laws

  title={Constructing cities, deconstructing scaling laws},
  author={E. Arcaute and E. Hatna and Peter A. Ferguson and Hyejin Youn and A. Johansson and M. Batty},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society Interface},
  • E. Arcaute, E. Hatna, +3 authors M. Batty
  • Published 2015
  • Biology, Medicine, Physics, Mathematics
  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface
  • Cities can be characterized and modelled through different urban measures. Consistency within these observables is crucial in order to advance towards a science of cities. Bettencourt et al. have proposed that many of these urban measures can be predicted through universal scaling laws. We develop a framework to consistently define cities, using commuting to work and population density thresholds, and construct thousands of realizations of systems of cities with different boundaries for England… CONTINUE READING

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