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Future Urban Growth Lab: theory and applications

Gabrieli, Tommaso; (2023) Future Urban Growth Lab: theory and applications. Presented at: UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2023: Planning on a Crisis Footing, Glasgow, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Future Urban Growth Lab is a UCL-funded project that started in May 2022. A team from the Bartlett School of Planning formed a partnership with the Royal Town Planning Institute and Dr. Luca D’Acci (Politecnico of Turin, Italy) with the objective to create a user-friendly software to visualize options for future urban growth. The software is based on the Isobenefit Urbanism model of D’Acci (2019), an optimization-based model creating morphological scenarios where all new dwellings have a location that achieves sustainable and desirable attributes of cities – including and beyond the idea of 15-minutes city. The software allows to visualize urban growth scenarios where the location of new dwellings can achieve proximity to green spaces and amenities, as well as sustainable travelling, given existing market dynamics, density and planning constraints. A project website (under development) with technical information on how to run the software can be found at https://github-pages.ucl.ac.uk/BSP-isobenefit-urbanism/ In this presentation we illustrate the DNA of the model/software and discuss simulation results obtained by applying the software to case studies in Cambridgeshire. The software is based on a Cellular Automata. A grid of cells represents the current state of land-development for a given geographic extent. An algorithm applies a set of rules to determine when a cell's state can be changed. We discuss cases of urban growth that differ depending on constraints on 1) the number of newly-built cells with retail/services, 2) green areas to be preserved, 3) density of the new built areas.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: Future Urban Growth Lab: theory and applications
Event: UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2023: Planning on a Crisis Footing
Location: Glasgow, UK
Dates: 04 - 06 September 2023
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/rese...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10179295
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