The Geometry of Urban Layouts

The Geometry of Urban Layouts
The Geometry of Urban Layouts: A Global Comparative Study
Springer | Geography | July 18, 2016 | ISBN-10: 3319307487 | 321 pages | pdf | 25.23 mb

Authors: Rashid, Mahbub
This book is more comprehensive than any previous books on geometric studies of urban layouts
In fact, it would have been hard to conceive a book like this before Google Maps
It includes more cities from both developed and developing countries; uses larger study areas; and has more drawings of urban layouts than any previous books on similar topics
This book also uses and integrates several metric, fractal and topological measures in urban layout studies that no other book has done before

This book presents a compendium of the urban layout maps of 2-mile square downtown areas of more than one hundred cities in developed and developing countries"all drawn at the same scale using high-resolution satellite images of Google Maps. The book also presents analytic studies using metric geometrical, topological (or network), and fractal measures of these maps. These analytic studies identify ordinaries, extremes, similarities, and differences in these maps; investigate the scaling properties of these maps; and develop precise descrive categories, types and indicators for multidimensional comparative studies of these maps. The findings of these studies indicate that many geometric relations of the urban layouts of downtown areas follow regular patterns; that despite social, economic, and cultural differences among cities, the geometric measures of downtown areas in cities of developed and developing countries do not show significant differences; and that the geometric possibilities of urban layouts are vastly greater than those that have been realized so far in our cities.


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