Special Issue "Zipf’s Law, Central Place Theory, and Sustainable Cities and City Systems"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: geospatial analysis and modeling; structure and dynamics of urban systems; geoinformatics and computational geography
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Interests: urban science; theoretical geography; fractal geometry; scaling hierarchy
One fundamental law underlying sustainable cities and city systems is Zipf’s law, a statistical regularity regarding city sizes in a country or region: The largest city is twice as big as the second largest, three times as big as the third largest, and so on. This law was named after the American linguist George Kingsley Zipf (1902–1950), who popularized it and sought to explain it through the principle of least effort (Zipf 1949), but the observation was first made by Auerbach (1913). Another important observation regarding cities or human settlements in general is central place theory (CPT) (Christaller 1933, 1966) and its variants, which are able to formulate a geometric regularity about cities in a country or region. That is, the largest cities are surrounded by some middle-sized cities, which are further surrounded by many smaller cities in some recursive manner. Both Zipf’s law and CTP have one thing in common, i.e., the scaling hierarchy of “far more smalls than larges”, either statistically or in terms of underlying spatial configuration. The underlying scaling hierarchy of “far more smalls than larges” has actually illustrated the deep insights into many sustainable cities and city systems.
We call for papers that demonstrate applications and/or further development of Zipf’s law and CPT, either to better understand cities and city systems as sustainable systems or to better plan or design them towards more sustainable or more resilient systems. We are interested in different types of papers, including research papers (case studies, comparison studies), concept papers, and review papers, as long as they are able to clarify how law and theory bring new insights into sustainability. Interdisciplinary research and comparisons are particularly welcome, for example, galaxies in comparison to cities, biological systems in comparison to city systems, and the world wide web in comparison to transport networks.
Auerbach F. (1913), Das Gesetz der Bevölkerungskonzentration, Petermann's Geographische Mitteilungen, 59, 74–76.
Christaller W. (1933, 1966), Central Places in Southern Germany, Prentice Hall: Englewood Cliffs, N. J.
Zipf G. K. (1949), Human Behaviour and the Principles of Least Effort, Addison Wesley: Cambridge, MA.
Prof. Dr. Bin Jiang
Prof. Dr. Yanguang Chen
More information can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336460575_CALL_FOR_PAPERS_Zipf's_Law_Central_Place_Theory_and_Sustainable
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- sustainable cities
- sustainable city systems
- Zipf’s law
- central place theory