Self-organization in interface dynamics and urban development Academic Article uri icon


  • The view ofthe urban environment as an extended nonlinear system introduces new concepts, motivates new questions, and suggests new methodologies in the study of urban dynamics. A review of recent results on interlace dynamics in nonequilibrium physical systems is presented, and possible implications on the urban environment are discussed. It is suggested that the growth modes ofspecific urban zones (e.g. residential, commercial, or industrial) and the factors affecting them can be studied using mathematical models that capture two generic interface instabilities. Keywor&v Interfaces, Nonlinear dynamics, Urban environments, Instabilities

publication date

  • January 1, 1999