Urban Formation: Cores and Transformations

By Nina Doychinova Toleva.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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This paper focuses on the urban morphology, the urban flows dynamics and the transformation of urban elements, and on the changes in the city fabric. The research is part of a developing instrument for urban analysis, based on interference of urban cores. The author gives new definition of urban canvas, explores its role as a factor for emergence of various urban cores, and establishes several types of cores shaped by different main factors. One type is related to the temporal characteristics of the cores, by which they could be described as stable (or static), pulsating, and migrating. Another factor, characterizing another type of cores, is the influence the urban cores spread. By this factor, the author considers the cores could be described as positive, neutral or negative. The study relates to the urban characteristics and principles, and their interrelations with the urban cores and canvas. The cities and their elements are constantly transforming and evolving, so as a result the author proposes an outline of a model based on the cores characteristics, their influence and transformations, refracted through the concepts of complexity, filed and networks theories and their mutual entanglement. The analysis would prove useful in achieving better understanding on the urban flows, evolution, and overall contemporary urban dynamics, and in the process of creation of new long-term urban planning strategies

Keywords: Urban Flows, Urban Dynamics, Urban Cores

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.37-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: August 25, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.441MB)).

Nina Doychinova Toleva

Ph.D Student, Department of History and Theory of Architecture, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria