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Entropy, Volume 20, Issue 11 (November 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) From physics to the social sciences, information is now seen as a fundamental component of reality. [...] Read more. From physics to the social sciences, information is now seen as a fundamental component of reality. However, a form of information seems underestimated, perhaps precisely because it is so pervasive that we take it for granted: the information encoded in the very environment we live in. Bridging information theory, cognitive science, urban studies and social systems theory, we introduce a three-layered model of information in cities, namely, environmental information in physical space and semantic space, and the information enacted by agents. We propose forms of estimating entropy in those layers, and apply these measures to emblematic urban cases and simulated scenarios. Our results suggest that environmental information affects coordination in interaction systems, and that the interplay of minds, cities and societies could only happen through information. Information is the bridge. View this paper