Cellular Automata in Urban Spatial Modelling

  • Sanna Iltanen


Cities and urban dynamics are today understood as self-organized complex systems. While the understanding of cities has changed, also the paradigm in modeling their dynamics has changed from a top-down to a bottom-up approach. Cellular automata models provide an excellent framework for urban spatial modeling of complex dynamics and the accumulation of local actions. The first part of this chapter describes the basic concepts of cellular automata. The second part discusses the definition of complexity and the complex features of cellular automata. The history and principles of urban cellular automata models are introduced in the third part.


Cellular Automaton Cellular Automaton Urban Growth Transition Rule Cellular Automaton Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ArchitectureTampere University of TechnologyTampereFinland

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