chapter  5
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Absolute Decisions: Towns Fit for a King

ByKatharine Arntz Thomas

The city is often cited as the supreme human creation, the most complex product of a deliberate, intentional act of planning. The distinction between individual and aggregate is central to the entire discussion of agency in the built environment. Though some of the computational methods actively incorporate the idea of agency, the full scope of how agency operates within the built environment remains obscure. To be computationally workable, however, models of agency necessarily make assumptions about the nature and character of the agents as entities. Agency at its most basic involves some entity able to construct a picture of the world and who has an aim, need, desire, or a range of desires. The behavior of agents broadly falls into the category of "learning" and/or adaptive behavior. Saverio Muratori and Gianfranco Caniggia and Maffei refer to that product of learning and habit as the type.