Researching Information Modelling for Socially Responsible Cities
Future Cities in the Making: Overcoming barriers to information modelling in socially responsible cities
Future Cities in the Making is a research project exploring barriers to and opportunities for information modelling in socially responsible cities. Technologies like Building Information Modelling (BIM) and City Information Modelling (CIM) have the potential to shape city development, making urban services more effective and supporting community engagement. However, most cities—including aspiring smart cities—have yet to avail themselves of these technologies. As planning is one of the main public policy avenues for guiding and delivering urban digitalisation processes, this research aims to identify barriers to BIM uptake and support policymakers in understanding how digital technologies like BIM and CIM can facilitate smart city development.
Digital technologies can aid urban planning and management, and the planning system can help harness the opportunities afforded by the roll-out of BIM and CIM. This increased urban digitalisation, however, brings new responsibility for local authorities and city governments: they must address questions of data sovereignty and the human right to privacy. This project explores these emerging themes, in the context of urban planning and multiple stakeholder engagement.