Modeling and Measuring Cities: Tim Stonor

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Presentation by Tim Stonor, Space Syntax. Given at the 2011 Urban Systems Symposium, as part of the Modeling and Measuring Cities panel.

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Modeling and Measuring Cities: Tim Stonor

  1. 1. Measuring & modelling cities<br />7 provocations<br />2011 Urban Systems Symposium<br />11th May 2011<br />Tim Stonor<br />t.stonor@spacesyntax.com<br />@Tim_Stonor<br />
  2. 2. 1 Avoid complexity <br />Complexity is confusing to clients & communities.<br />Complexity means additional fees for developers & consultants.<br />
  3. 3. Simple, graphic, user-oriented modelling<br />Observe<br />Explain<br />Forecast<br />Deliver<br />
  4. 4. 2 Modelling cities means more than modelling movement<br />Cities are about transaction & not only about movement.<br />Movement models have ruined the social & economic performance of cities by creating too much movement, insufficient exchange.<br />
  5. 5. Build it and they will move But at what cost?<br />
  6. 6. Focus on people not transport Trafalgar Square, London<br />
  7. 7. 3 Models are only as good as the theories that made them & the theories that guide their use<br />Focus on city planning principles & not just modelling processes.<br />
  8. 8. Urban planning principles 101<br />Cities aren’t about movement from A to B.<br />Cities are about social & economic transaction between people moving at different scales.<br />
  9. 9. Planning for transaction Multi-scale movement modelling<br />Pedestrian movement<br />Vehicle movement<br />A single modelling environment<br />
  10. 10. 4 Success is easier to model than failure<br />In successful cities, spatial accessibility, movement, land use, density & heightare correlated.<br />Broken cities are harder to model.<br />
  11. 11. Planning for correlation Parametric urban modelling<br />Manipulating spatial networks<br />
  12. 12. 5<br />Open source<br />Open data<br />Open standards<br />Open access<br />
  13. 13. 6 Do not separate development from application<br />Develop through application.<br />Create feedback mechanisms between development & application. Expect failure. <br />
  14. 14. Development & application A process of mutual exploitation<br />UCL Space Syntax Laboratory<br />Fundamental research<br />Teaching<br />Technology development<br />People<br />Knowledge<br />Questions<br />Space Syntax Limited<br />Strategic consulting<br />Internship<br />Technology development<br />
  15. 15. 7 Urbanization is not a brutal fact but a beautiful & powerful opportunity<br />…for creativity, innovation, industry & culture.<br />
  16. 16. Tim Stonor architect & town planner<br />@Tim_Stonor<br />Managing Director, Space Syntax Limited<br />Lincoln Loeb Fellow, Harvard University / Lincoln Institute<br />www.wordpress.timstonor.com<br />

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