Sociospatial Residential Dynamics: Stability and Instability within a Self‐Organizing City

Juval Portugali*, Izhak Benenson, Izhak Omer

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

64 Scopus citations


Conceiving the city as a self‐organizing system we highlight and examine the phenomena of residential sociospatial segregation in a city and the existence and role of local regions of instability within an otherwise stable urban system. It is argued that the emergence of local pockets of sociospatial instability is governed (among other things) by a self‐organization principle we term the captivity principle. The latter is essential to the systemic stability and reproduction of the city as a whole. The discussion is elaborated by reference to empirical evidence and by means of “city games” played on City, a cellular automata simulation model we have specifically designed for this purpose. 1994 The Ohio State University

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-340
Number of pages20
JournalGeographical Analysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1994


Dive into the research topics of 'Sociospatial Residential Dynamics: Stability and Instability within a Self‐Organizing City'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this