We aim to improve the understanding of urban sustainability problems in the built environment in LAC cities, in order to transfer important lessons in the management of urban spaces to Asia and Africa.
Our research projects use the notion of city morphologies as an umbrella term to describe how the spatial configuration of the city combines built form with infrastructure, logistics and the nexus of food, water and energy systems. Three aspects structure our research project selection; urban resilience, the nexus between water, food and energy systems, and the opportunities offered by the combination of new technologies and data to model urban development.
These three fields demand an engagement with the historical and geographical context of real cities. In all three of these arenas the intersection of engineering skills, creative design, institutional form and governance realities has generated new forms of scholarly inquiry, as highlighted in projects such as spatial modelling and water, energy transitions and big-data driven transport planning for ‘smart cities’