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Viewpoints: How can we apply complexity science to urban policy?

11417270466_87cebecf60_oMichail Fragkias
Boise State University, USA

In the past few decades, urban researchers and practitioners across the world have jointly enriched our understanding of the new challenges that metropolitan areas in the 21st century are facing. The new challenges for our cities are: (i)  driven in part by global (environmental) change processes and are compounded; that is, their potential impact is severe, especially in places that have not resolved challenges that characterized the past century; (ii) occuring increasingly at the intersection of administratively-defined and bureaucratically-managed urban sectors, such as transportation, water, energy, sanitation, etc.; and, (iii) moving beyond the realm ofcomplicated problems, to that of complex problems; and solutions to the challenges can emerge only if we adopt the viewpoint of complex systems or complex networks.

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