An Evolution of Analytical Urban Models and Geosimulation

by Dr. Clémentine Cottineau

Date: Wednesday, Jun 22, 2022 | 16:00-17:00 CET


Abstract: Urban models help us grasp what a city is, how it evolves and what it could be in the future. They fall into three categories: 1/ theories and ideas of how cities should be made, including urbanism and architectural planning; 2/ normative practices of city making and 3/ analytical representations built to study and simulate the structure and evolution of cities. In this talk, I reflect on this third type of urban model in two ways. First, I will build on a series of seminars that I co-organise at TU-Delft Urbanism, where urban studies experts analyse classical urban models and their circulation, both across geographical space and disciplinary fields. Second, I will present current trends and what a desirable future could be for geosimulation, insisting on cumulative knowledge and reproducibility.


Speaker Biography: I am an urban geographer and assistant professor of urban studies at TU-Delft. My work focuses on understanding and modelling the evolution of economic inequality between and within cities, using longitudinal analysis of empirical microdata and generative agent-based modelling. I hold a PhD in Geography from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and worked as a researcher at UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis in London and CNRS’s Centre Maurice Halbwachs in Paris.