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CASA Working Paper 189

5 March 2013

The growth of London's street network in its dual representation

We study the growth of London’s street-network in its dual representation, as the city has evolved over the last 224 years. The dual representation is formed by replacing street segments with appropriately placed nodes, thus building a graph of relationships between streets formed from one or more original street segments. Using a novel technique that combines geometrical and hierarchical features of the street network to extract the dual graph, we show that the growth of the network can be analytically predicted by logistic laws and that the topology of the network can be modelled via space filling principles.


Authors:  A. Paolo Masucci, Kiril Stanilov and Michael Batty,

Publication Date: 5th March 2013

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