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Data-Mining a City's Visual Identity

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Researchers train an algorithm to tell us why Paris looks like Paris.
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The Laws of the City: Analytics and Urban (Campus?) Planning

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"Some in the field are ambivalent about such research. Practitioners of urban planning don't quite know what to do with the results—particularly regularities of the sort found by Mr West. Others worry that urban research could, just like other fields of study, start to put number-crunching ahead of other important questions. “A green pixel on a satellite image doesn't tell you whether it's a park or a private garden,” argues Philipp Rode, of LSE Cities, a research centre at the London School of Economics.


Still, the deluge of urban data is likely to have a big impact. Some academics such as Michael Batty, the director of CASA, see a real prospect of synthesising these patterns and regularities into a “science of the city”, much like physics or biology. That will be the subject of a conference at the Santa Fe Institute in July.


City planners, too, may have to rethink their work. If cities indeed develop organically along certain lines, pushing them onto another track may be futile. Instead of trying to limit growth, planners should “make room”, says Mr Angel: be realistic when projecting urban land needs, set generous metropolitan limits, protect some open space and provide an arterial grid of roads. This is pretty much what New York did in the early 18th century. It is what some Chinese cities are doing now."


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How Urban Parks Enhance Your Brain, Part 2

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The less city you can see through the trees, the better for your brain, new research suggests.
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