Many urban thinkers now believe that the city is no longer just a place but a living field of information to be harvested, according to a New Statesman article that cites early work by SFI Distinguished Professor Geoffrey West and the SFI Cities & Urbanization Team to see if Kleiber's Law helped describe cities.

The article reads: "West and his team at the Santa Fe Institute gathered together a huge data set...Then, they put it all together into one database...Surprisingly, the results reduced the life of a city to a mathematical rule: a Kleiberesque 'unified theory of urban living.' "

"So, while we can view individual cities as having their own particular history and personality, underlying rules apply that mean they have a lot in common with each other."

Read the article in the New Statesman (July 19, 2013)