The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


CASA Working Paper 37


1 October 2001

Urban Modelling as Storytelling: Using Simulation Models as a Narrative

This article examines the distinctions between empirical and simulation models using the metaphors of argument and narrative. It argues that all argumentation is contextualized within a narrative that is either inferred or communicated.

The paper provides another semantic structure for urban models that applies elements of systemsdynamic method to construct "stories" of the past and possible futures of communities in a watershed in southern Arizona. By constructing such narratives this paper demonstrates how computer-based urban models can "tell a story".

This working paper is available as a PDF. The file size is 579KB.

Authors: Subhrajit Guhathakurta

Publication Date: 1/9/2001

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