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Cities as Complex Systems
Presented by the Smart Cities Research Institute

We tend to simplify our view of cities as collections of objects (buildings, parks etc.), connected by transportation, services and communications networks (infrastructure).

When they are viewed as systems, however, a completely different perspective can emerge through the deeper analysis that is made possible: urban analytics.

When urban designers are enabled to map the city as a set of both discrete and interacting dynamics, they can read the city differently, avoiding routine mistakes. Tomorrow’s urban and regional development requires a vastly wider pool of talent coming together in new ways with new platforms to unpack complex systems.

Join us for a panel session that calls on an urban designer with an interest in complex adaptive systems, a theoretical physicist who researches sustainability transitions and societal transformations, and a mechanical engineer with specialist knowledge of fluid dynamics to consider the question: does viewing the city as a complex system more effectively facilitate a common understanding with which to scaffold a different type of conversation around sustainable urbanisation.

Sep 16, 2021 12:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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