What is PLACE LOGIC?

PLACE LOGIC is a scientific tool that can be used to analyse complex urban phenomena and translate them into simple, easy-to-understand graphics, providing a valuable resource for a wide range of applications. 

PLACE LOGIC uses network analysis software to produce computer-generated maps which bring out the underlying forces which shape our towns and cities, all of which have a major impact on the quality of the urban environment.

This information is useful to a number of different disciplines, including:

  • urban designers, town-planners and developers, to test alternative development scenarios and identify the most advantageous solutions.
  • local authorities, valuers and investors, to understand how places function in their existing state.
  • historians and sociologists, to trace the evolution of places.

Unlike other modelling systems which rely on costly and time-consuming data-collection, PLACE LOGIC uses readily available maps as source material and provides outputs quickly and economically. These can be used as stand-alone media or as explanatory aids in more complex models.

The principle behind PLACE LOGIC is that successful places depend on two important and inter-related factors: a logical movement network and an appropriate distribution of functions. Towns and cities are highly complex entities and case studies have demonstrated that there is a remarkably close correlation between connectivity and viability, so explaining why some places ‘work,’ and others do not.

PLACE LOGIC is based on Multiple Centrality Assessment (MCA) research conducted by the University of Strathclyde, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics. This research has been developed by ADAM Urbanism into the range of services described in this booklet which are now available as PLACE LOGIC.