Evolving Transportation Networks

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Xie, Feng and David Levinson (2011) Evolving Transportation Networks, Springer.

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Over the last two centuries, the development of modern transportation has significantly transformed human life. The main theme of this book is to understand the complexity of transportation development and model the process of network growth including its determining factors, which may be topological, morphological, temporal, technological, economic, managerial, social or political. Using multidimensional concepts and methods, the authors develop a holistic framework to represent network growth as an open and complex process with models that demonstrate in a scientific way how numerous independent decisions made by entities such as travelers, property owners, developers, and public jurisdictions could result in a coherent network of facilities on the ground. Models are proposed from innovative perspectives including self-organization, degeneration, and sequential connection to interpret the evolutionary growth of transportation networks in explicit consideration of independent economic and regulatory initiatives. Employing these models, the authors survey a series of topics ranging from network hierarchy and topology to first mover advantage. The authors demonstrate, with a wide spectrum of empirical and theoretical evidence, that network growth follows a path that is not only logical in retrospect, but also predictable and manageable from a planning perspective. In the larger scheme of innovative transportation planning, this book provides a re-consideration of conventional planning practice and sets the stage for further development on the theory and practice of the next-generation, evolutionary planning approach in transportation, making it of interest to scholars and practitioners alike in the field of transportation.

Product Details:

Product Details

Hardcover: 294 pages

Publisher: Springer; 1st Edition. edition (April 18, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1441998039

ISBN-13: 978-1441998033

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Table of Contents

  • Part 1 / ANTECEDENTS
    • Introduction
    • Background
    • Framework
    • Skyways in Minneapolis
    • Interurbans in Indiana
    • Streetcars in the Twin Cities
    • First Mover Advantages
    • Hierarchy
    • Topology
    • Sequence
  • Part 4 / LAND USE
    • Network Diffusion and Place Formation
    • Coevolution of Network and Land Use
    • Governance Choice – A Theoretical Analysis
    • Governance Choice – A Simulation Model
    • Forecasting
  • Part 6 / CONCLUSIONS
    • Retrospect
    • Prospect

Streetcar Ride in Barcelona, 1908

Pattern Cities writes about a video, Streetcar Ride in Barcelona, 1908

This incredible film, shot from the front of a Barcelona streetcar in 1908, demonstrates the degree to which modern society has engineered complexity out of our streets. It also provides a glimpse into how our city streets operated before the automobile went mainstream, a seminal 20th century moment that has damaged cities the world over.

But surely the streets of the 1900′s were not entirely crash-free, or as romantic as this film and its whimsical music make them out to be. Yet, the inherent complexity– the organized chaos of streetcars, pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages, and yes, motorists all mixing together–is instructive and should make any urbanist long for a time when the tyranny of the automobile didn’t dominate the project of city building.