Final Report Online Available - Future Cities in the Making

After 9 months the project has come to a close and we are delighted that our project’s report is now published on the Repository of the University of Cambridge and on the Homepage of the Centre for Digital Built Britain:

University of Cambridg Repository with DOI:

Sielker, F., Sichel, A., & Allmendinger, P. (2019). Future Cities in the Making: overcoming barriers to information modelling in socially responsible cities. (CDBB_REP_33) https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.43318

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Franziska Sielker
Future Cities in the Making Final Report: opportunities and barriers to smart planning through information modelling

Imagine a 3D model of a city that goes beyond showing physical attributes to model traffic, air quality, energy use, employment, and planning requirements. This is the vision we uncovered when we asked planning stakeholders, ranging from local planners to private developers, what information modelling can do to support their work. This blog post shares findings from our project, Future Cities in the Making. We will share the full report as soon as it is published!

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Amarynth Sichel
Digital Innovation in Planning – Insights from Scotland

We recently travelled to Scotland for our Scottish case study, where we spoke with stakeholders across the planning system. This is a dynamic time for planning and digitalisation in Scotland, with planning reform and digitalisation in focus at national and local levels, and our stakeholder interviews highlight some of the ways in which Scotland is approaching digitalisation in the planning system.

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Dr Sielker Presents "Future Cities in the Making" Project to UK Dept BEIS at CDBB

On Tuesday, February 12, Dr Sielker presented the “Planning Future Cities” project to representatives from the UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Infrastructure Projects Authority at the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB). BEIS sponsors CDBB, and representatives came to visit the Centre for a day.

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Welcome to Future Cities in the Making

Digitalisation is impacting on nearly every aspect of life in the 21st century. It has already changed the way we communicate, travel, study, and work; and it is just now beginning to transform the way we plan and develop cities. Looking at information modelling technologies at the asset level (Building Information Modelling, BIM) and at the city level (City Information Modelling, CIM), this project explores the interface between digitalisation and planning, and investigates what governments need to consider to ensure a socially responsible data usage.

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Amarynth Sichel