This CSH workshop is organized by CSH External Faculty member Diego Rybski (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) and Fabiano L. Ribeiro (University of Lavras/Brazil).
The event is open to the scientific public. Attendees are kindly requested to register via email.
Please find the workshop agenda here.
Cities and urban systems represent an interesting object to be studied by physics and complex systems researchers. As they combine tangible physical appearance (infrastructure) with intangible human activities (socio-economic dynamics), they exhibit a particularly high degree of complexity in space and time.
This workshop is dedicated to themes that are either under-researched or not well embedded among each other. As cities are spatial objects, they have been studied by geography and planning disciplines for a long time. However, the complexity understanding only started surpassing a fractal description.
The analogy of the city as an organism has a long history, but empirical analysis shows that scaling properties are different from metabolic systems. Reasons and consequences are a matter of ongoing research. When commuters go to work, many of them might perceive their city at the onset to collapse. Which critical phenomena and phase transition do cities and urban systems exhibit? This workshop will not solve these issues, but the organizers are confident that important ideas will be generated and exchanged that substantially contribute to a better understanding.
To find all speakers’ abstracts, please have a look here.