In this report the concept of "order by fluctuation," that has appeared recently in physico-chemical and biological systems, is applied to the description of urban growth. It is shown that fluctuations play a vital role in the evolutionary process of urban growth. The evolution of a complex system cannot be known simply by studying the deterministic equations describing the system. It is necessary, in addition, to study the effects of fluctuations or historical accident which can drive the system to new modes of behavior. Taking account of both the deterministic elements of urban growth and the occurrence of fluctuations in population in an urban region, a transportation-sensitive, dynamic model of the evolution of the spatial distribution of urban populations was developed. This is the second of two volumes. Volume I presented a model of the evolution of the organization of urban centers.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 1, PB-288957 in RRIS 15 190522; Bulletin 7902.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Brussels University, Belgium

    Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
    1050 Brussels,   Belgium 

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • ALLEN, P M
    • Deneubourg, J L
    • Sanglier, M
    • BOON, F
    • DePalma, A
  • Publication Date: 1978-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 139 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190959
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-RSPA7820VOL2Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1185
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1981 12:00AM