Complexity, Cognition and the City

  • Juval Portugali

Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Juval Portugali
    Pages 1-5
  3. The Cultures of Cities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Juval Portugali
      Pages 9-15
    3. Juval Portugali
      Pages 17-38
    4. Juval Portugali
      Pages 39-52
    5. Juval Portugali
      Pages 53-94
  4. Complexity, Cognition and the City

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Juval Portugali
      Pages 113-138
    3. Juval Portugali
      Pages 167-186
    4. Juval Portugali
      Pages 187-210
    5. Juval Portugali
      Pages 211-221
    6. Juval Portugali
      Pages 223-240
  5. Complexity, Cognition and Planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Juval Portugali
      Pages 243-254
    3. Juval Portugali
      Pages 255-268
    4. Juval Portugali
      Pages 299-311
  6. Complexity, Cognition and Urban Simulation Models

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 383-412

About this book


Complexity, Cognition and the City aims at a deeper understanding of urbanism, while invoking, on an equal footing, the contributions both the hard and soft sciences have made, and are still making, when grappling with the many issues and facets of regional planning and dynamics. In this work, the author goes beyond merely seeing the city as a self-organized, emerging pattern of some collective interaction between many stylized urban "agents" – he makes the crucial step of attributing cognition to his agents and thus raises, for the first time, the question on how to deal with a complex system composed of many interacting complex agents in clearly defined settings. Accordingly, the author eventually addresses issues of practical relevance for urban planners and decision makers.

The book unfolds its message in a largely nontechnical manner, so as to provide a broad interdisciplinary readership with insights, ideas, and other stimuli to encourage further research – with the twofold aim of further pushing back the boundaries of complexity science and emphasizing the all-important interrelation of hard and soft sciences in recognizing the cognitive sciences as another necessary ingredient for meaningful urban studies.


complex artificial environments complex theory of cities culture of cities self-organizing city synergetic city urban planning virtual city

Authors and affiliations

  • Juval Portugali
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. GeographyTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-19450-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-19451-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-0832
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-0840
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