The University of New South Wales has launched a new City Analytics Lab that will help government and industry understand technologies and new approaches in the planning of more liveable, productive, sustainable and resilient cities.lab space.
Housed within the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW, the lab contains an interactive collaboration space with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology, giving users realistic and dynamic insights into the relationship between planning and factors such as transportation, education, health and justice.
The Lab will support the envisioning of sustainable, productive, liveable and resilient cities and provides an opportunity to study the decision-making processes associated with city planning and design.
In addition to launching the lab, Professor Chris Pettit, UNSW Chair of Urban Sciences, has introduced a new Master of City Analytics program to augment the capabilities of the lab for future city designers and urban planners. The program is the first of its kind in Australia.
“It’s all good to do this research and we can play with our technology and sandboxes here in the basement, but we actually need people to use these tools,” Pettit said. “The Master program will help our students understand what dashboards are, what are big data, what is open data and how do we actually use it in the real world?”