Big Data in Urban Morphology

In this paper Geoff Boeing examines ways in which the Smart Cities paradigm can leverage publicly sourced datasets to enhance traditional forms of urban form analysis and visualisation to further our understanding of urban morphology. The paper outlines how a library called OSMnx can be used in a Python development environment to pull datasets from OpenStreetMap and visualise in, for example, figure-ground diagrams and rose … Continue reading Big Data in Urban Morphology

Aerial view of Tokyo cityscape

What is an urban area?

Almost every article, briefing, lecture or essay on matters of urbanisation seems to make reference to the extent of urbanisation in the world today and the expected urban population globally in the future. Often, such material specifically refers to the well established benchmark of theĀ UN World Urbanization Prospects publication. So it is perhaps surprising to find that the level of standardisation of the urbanisation figures, … Continue reading What is an urban area?