Tag Archives: Integrated urban models


This is an extract from a positioning paper I recently co-authored for Space Syntax around the future of the city. This post is an extract of the longer-term risks and opportunities.

The paper set out short- and long-term issues facing society, and suggested opportunities for technology to help address them.

Existing and emerging technologies provide potential solutions, but these need to be developed carefully to deliver a vision that everyone supports. Without going through this process and agreeing a social contract to operate them within, the risks have been widely publicised: a surveillance state, loss of privacy, loss of control and lives being ruled by multi-national tech giants.

This post sketches out a positive future supported by technology, where, in an older, post-work society, the city as an organisation plays a different role. In this future, tech provides a platform to stimulate local economic activity, provide access to services, develop new models of housing, protect privacy, and by integrating all of these, to attempt to address inequality.

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This is a summary of a number of issues around Integrated Urban Modelling discussed in a panel session at the Future of Wireless International Conference 2015. This picks up on a number of issues raised by the Integrated Urban Modelling post but has more of a focus on data.

What are the implications for a fully connected world and how will this impact on the urban landscape?

The opportunity is to collect data at a scale, resolution and frequency that was previously impossible. This means it’s possible to see patterns of movement across an entire city across the whole day. The real question though is how best to use this, and what do we actually need to make cities better?

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This is a summary of a number of issues around Integrated Urban Modelling presented and discussed in sessions at the BRE Cities ConventionModelling World 2015, the Future of Wireless International Conference and in the paper: “Integrated sub-regional planning informed by weighted spatial network models: the case of Jeddah Sub-regional system”, (co-authored with Dr Kayvan Karimi and Abhimanyu Acharya) and presented at the 10th Space Syntax Symposium. Presentations can be found on the relevant websites.

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