A proposal for a new way to understand cities and their design not as artifacts but as systems composed of flows and networks in the new science of cities michael batty suggests that to understand cities we must view them not simply as places in space but as systems of networks and flows. The new science of cities endorsements a brilliant synthesis of how concepts from complexity science change our understanding of cities scaling fractals and simulation models are clearly explained and used to demonstrate how flows and networks shape cities and how they can be better predicted and managed for improving urban planning and . Making sense of the new urban science the worlds leading universities have embarked on a building boom for urban research what does it mean for the future of cities. In the new science of cities michael batty suggests that to understand cities we must view them not simply as places in space but as systems of networks and flows drawing on the complexity sciences social physics urban economics transportation theory regional science and urban geography and building on his own previous work batty seeks . In the past few years a remarkable body of scientific research has begun to shed new light on the dynamic behavior of cities carrying important implications for city makers
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