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The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions, and International Trade

By Masahisa Fujita, Paul Krugman, Anthony J. Venables The MIT PressDOI: electronic: 9780262273329Publication date: 1999 The authors show how a common approach that emphasizes the three-way interaction among increasing returns, transportation costs, and the movement of productive factors can be applied to a wide range of issues in urban, regional, and international economics. Since…

‘Second cities’ as generative emotional urban beings

My input This is a flash essay about urban digital twins. By urban digital twins, I mean generative cities (I name them ‘second cities’). A generative city is a particular case of a ‘democracy map’, that is, a map running on AI. The purpose of this concept is to make urban environments more transparent and…

Learning from second cities

There are many cities in a city. But unfortunately, people only have a fragmented and incomplete perception of the town where they live. The Situationists knew about this reification and this instance of social alienation. Urban drifting (in French, “la dérive”) was their tentative approach to a new strategy to revolutionize life in urban environments.…

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