Articles 2010: Networks in Urban Design: six years of MCA research

Ref: Porta, S., Latora, V., & Strano, E. (2010). Networks in Urban Design: six years of research in Multiple Centrality Assessment. In E. Estrada, M. Fox, D. Higham, & G. L. Oppo (Eds.), Network science: complexity in nature and technology (pp. 107-130). London, UK: Springer.

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Multiple Centrality Assessment (MCA) is a methodology of mapping centrality in cities that applies knowledge of complex network analysis to networks of urban streets and intersections. This methodology emerged from research initiated some six years ago at Polytechnic of Milan, Italy, and now continuing at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, through a close partnership and collaboration between scholars in urban planning and design and in the physics of complex networks. After six years and many publications, it is probably time for us to make a point on what has been achieved and what remains to be achieved in the future. As most of the whole research has already been published, we forward the reader to those publications for more detailed information. The scope of this paper is to provide the overall sense of this experience so far and a road-map to its main results.

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