Danny Choriki Posted almost 4 years ago Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations As many have said, this presentation ignores close of a century of research in sociology and urban planning, history and design. If you are interested, off the top of my head, look up David Harvey, Lewis Mumford or Manuel Castells. Two comments I feel need to be made. First, the problem is population growth and a correlated growth in healthy educated people and not urbanization. Yes, cities behave like organic organisms. After all, they are made and run by organic organisms.