Fractals, urban fabrics and planning – a few clarifications

Pierre Frankhauser, in answering the contribution from Cécile Tannier of 12 March point by point, supplements her discussion and fuels the debate:

Are urban fabrics fractal? Is there a general process that gives rise to fractal urban fabrics? Are fractal models useful for planning? These recently asked questions call for a reminder that, through its intrinsic properties, this approach can be used to introduce a different reading of the spatial organization of cities and to contribute otherwise to the debate on whether or not there are “laws” or whether “norms” are useful in this context. Lire la suite