GIS-based analysis uncovers the diversity of our suburbs

The Towards Successful Suburban Centres project, based at UCL, is one of several academic projects that are integrating socio-economic data with information about the layout of urban areas. Dr Muki Haklay is a senior lecturer in Geographic Information Science in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London, and the director of UCL Chorley Institute – an interdisciplinary research centre working to
‘spatially enable’ research.

3D modelling above and below ground

Access to a growing volume of data and an enviable toolkit is helping surveyors to compile an accurate picture of development sites – both below and above ground. There have been great technological advances in the surveying equipment available over the last 10 years.

Understanding, describing and communicating ‘place’

As urban designers move to embrace evidence-based modelling tools and analysis techniques, these moves mean that common ground is at last developing between the goals of urban designers – good public space that works for people – and what transport planners are trying to achieve, which is sustainable and integrated transport solutions

Digital masterplanning: streamlining the design cycle

A digital design process is creating new ways of exchanging knowledge and data between planners, policy makers, urban designers and computational designers

The future of spatial information

The future of spatial information
Spatial information will become increasingly important to anyone with a conscious interest in ‘place’, says Chris Holcroft

Steve Cinderby GIS for participation

Steve Cinderby GIS for participation

Steve Cinderby , research associate, University of York Steve explains the application of GIS for community participation, and discusses the successes and challenges which accompany the use of GIS tools for community engagement.

Technology, people, place and space: ideas for urban modelling, mapping and liveability

RUDI's knowledge-sharing event debated the subject of technology, people, space and place. There was plenty of time for sharing and collecting information, and the lively discussion is available to view below, as are the presentations.

The issues discussed included:

  • Real time data collection methods and parametric modelling at the urban scale
  • The future possibilities of 'remote control urbanism'
  • The emotional mapping of space
  • The latest design and promotional uses for 3D city models and 3D software
  • Using public data to map how people to live and work
  • Web mash-ups using Google Earth and Maps