NATSEM Seminar Series

Smart Design of Urban Space Using Modelling

Mon 10 April 2017Professor Robert Tanton / 11:00am-12:00pmSeminar Room 2, Building 24, University of Canberra

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This presentation will show thinking coming out of visits while on OSP to the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL, London; the Consumer Data Research Centre in Leeds; the SMART Infrastructure unit at University of Wollongong; and the City Futures Research unit at the University of Sydney.

This thinking is about how we design and plan urban areas, with the current practice being a top down design, get feedback, and revise. We propose a system of community design using a geodesign process, with modelling then showing what the future city would look like given different transport options, housing density options, or urban infill options. Aspects like transport options, motor vehicle usage, pollution levels, high rise, etc, can all be modelled, and then visualised in a community design forum.

This is exciting future thinking which moves modelling into an urban co-design space with those in communities.


Professor Robert Tanton has a PhD in Economics from the University of Canberra, and has been at NATSEM since June 2005.

Robert’s main interest is spatial disadvantage, and he is a recognised Australian and international expert on spatial disadvantage. His research covers areas such as modelling spatial housing disadvantage, economic disadvantage, income inequality and wellbeing. His principal areas of research are spatial disadvantage and wellbeing; spatial statistics and small area estimation; and community wellbeing.

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