Embracing Complexity: Cities

I am digging complexity, and see it EVERYWHERE! Let’s start at a macro level, with cities.

“Cities are like a star” says Luis Bettencourt, in a video on the SFI Introduction to Complexity MOOC.

“The reactor is getting hotter…More mass – reactions at the centre are faster; the start is hotter, everything is faster.”

The complex social system cavorts with complexity and trembles on the edge of chaos. Innovation, patents, GDP (as well as crime) all increase at logarithmic scale with city size / density.


Visiting a city like New York, or going back home to London, I feel very alive, my sense are heightened. These cities are hard work, but things happen. They embrace complexity and make of it something greater than the sum of the parts.

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