Scaling in a suburban street

Andrew Crompton

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A fractal environment can accommodate more small objects than expected because fresh small spaces come into play as the size of object diminishes. Could the built environment behave like this? To test this hypothesis the number of cars that could be parked in a street was estimated for different sizes of car. The results indicated that scaling does occur. This is as if space can be manufactured from nothing by designing at an appropriate scale. Countries such as Japan which have a small standard of personal space may in fact be larger than they seem on a map.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-197
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironment and Planning B: Planning and Design
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005


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