Session 8

Forrester's Urban Dynamics & cities as systems

About this event​

Mike Batty will present Forrester’s Urban Dynamics model, its assumptions and their impact on shaping the imaginary of urban modelling and policy action.

Reflecting on the model’s formalism of stocks and flows, he will discuss the controversial conception and reception of the model in the academic and policy communities, as well as the consequences of its circulation on how urban dynamics and policy are considered up to now.

Date and time

Mon, 9 May 2022

15:00 – 16:30 CEST

Michael Batty

Mike is a British urban planner and geographer and Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London . He has been Director—now Chairman—of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. His research and the work of CASA is focused on computer models of city systems. He was awarded the William Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Association in 2011 for his book Cities and Complexity, the same prize a second time for his book The New Science of Cities in 2017–2018, Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud, the so-called 'Nobel for geography', in 2013. In 2015, he was awarded the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and in 2016, the Gold Medal of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).