City Models & Theories


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Evolution of cities has been a topic of interest for centuries. Such research include the study of spatial arrangement of activities in a city & how they influence the spatial character. Most widely studied theories, rules, city types are listed here.

  1. Central Place Theory by Walter Christaller (1933)
  2. Multiple Nuclei Model of 1945 by C.D. Harris and Edward L. Ullman
  3. Hoyt Model or Sector Model (1939) of Urban Land Use by Homer Hoyt
  4. Burgess model or concentric zone model (1925) by Ernest Burgess
  5. Galactic City Model
  6. Primate City & Primacy | Relationship between city sizes
  7. The Rank-Size Rule by George Zipf (1949)
What are your views, feedback and suggestions on these models and theories? How much relevant and effective are they in today's context?
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