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Complex patterns of self-organized neighbourhoods

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpatial Planning in a Complex Unpredictable World of Change
Subtitle of host publicationTowards a proactive co-evolutionary type of planning
EditorsL Boelens, G deRoo
Place of PublicationGroeningen
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-91937-27-9
ISBN (Print)978-94-91937-26-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


Complexity theory has increased our understanding of cities as dynamic, self-organizing systems. However, the planning practice of today often collides with the complex urban realm, and is incapable of steering or even recognizing self-organization. Since many self-organization mechanisms may actually be indispensable to the city, we need a better understanding of them to develop appropriate planning tools. In this paper the complex nature of self-organization in the industrial district of Nekala in the Finnish city of Tampere is studied using isovist analyses for statistical observation to confirm the inner diversity of the spontaneously evolving phenomenon. The conclusion section includes some remarks on accommodating self-organization principles in planning.


  • self-organization, complexity, urban processes, urban planning, Urban evolution

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Field of science, Statistics Finland