5.20.2009

neat bit on cities and mathematics

Here's a poetic concept about the scale economies in three dimensional infrastructure:

In cities, per capita infrastructure grows in proportion to the .7 power of population.  So the bigger the city, the less infrastructure per person is needed.  This same mathematical relationship seems to exist in animals, so we're likely observing the symptoms of deep seated organizational relationships.

2 comments:

Amy OwenJones said...

Have you retired this blog?

ryeguy said...

no. I can't believe someone would ask this. Clearly this blog is a pertinent commentary on contemporary urbanism and bicycles.