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A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Planning: Understanding Complexity and Uncertainty
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Infrastructure systems are socio-technical systems that are deeply embedded insociety. The task of infrastructure planning and design often has to cope with aconsiderable amount of complexity and uncertainty that arise from the very nature of infrastructure and from changes in social, technological and institutional settings.The various disciplines involved in the planning and management of infrastructure traditionally utilize a ‘reductionist’ approach in which infrastructure istreated as linear object. Thus, a new framework is needed that better reflects thecomplex evolutionary nature of infrastructures.This thesis, with a qualitative method, attempts to use systems approach to study the nature of infrastructure systems and analyze how they interact with other systemsand with each other. The premise is that understanding the complex nature of thesystem is key to effective future planning and management.

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SoM EX, 2007-11
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-121555OAI: diva2:619026
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Regional Planning
Available from: 2014-02-11 Created: 2013-05-01 Last updated: 2014-02-11Bibliographically approved

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