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Urban Development through the Lens of Agent-based Modelling

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dc.contributor.advisor Crooks, Andrew Jebelli, Niloofar Bagheri
dc.creator Jebelli, Niloofar Bagheri 2017-12-05 2018-05-17T17:11:00Z 2018-05-17T17:11:00Z
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G89T12
dc.description.abstract Cities are ever changing and growing phenomenon with many underlying complexities. Through its life cycle, a city experiences various forms of dynamics. Models allow for a better understanding of such complexities and dynamics. The model developed in this thesis intends to simulate the dynamics of certain processes such as: an urban market, agent interactions in that market, urban growth, sprawl and shrinkage and gentrification. The purpose of this model is to understand the behavioral pattern of the agents and demonstrate the life cycle of a city based on individual agents’ actions. This model is significant in its integration of various subsystems creating a larger system while observing developers’ behavior. Specifically, the model explores some well-known issues, including the Smith’s rent-gap theory, Burgess’s concentric zones model of urban growth, and Alonso’s bid rent theory. The main results from the model show that the agents move to and reside in properties within their income range, with similar neighbors. This is one of the first models that provides a new lens to explore urban development.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject agent-based modelling en_US
dc.subject development en_US
dc.subject urban en_US
dc.subject land market en_US
dc.subject complex systems en_US
dc.subject gentrification en_US
dc.title Urban Development through the Lens of Agent-based Modelling en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies en_US Master's en_US Interdisciplinary Studies en_US George Mason University en_US

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