Over half of the world’s inhabitants live in cities. In twenty years, there will be 5 billion urban dwellers. With inefficient transport systems and poorly designed developments, many cities consume enormous quantities of fossil fuels and emit high levels of greenhouse gases.
Intelligent planning and leadership based on sophisticated spatial awareness of sustainable development planning can help cities meet the impending crises.
This program will research, trial and demonstrate a new approach to achieving sustainable urban development. It will devise spatial sustainability indicators, metrics, decision rules models and standards that will create a fact-based approach, driven by sustainability outcomes, to support decision making in urban development.
The program will also create tools that allow planners and regulators to communicate across the tiers of government, to one another, and with their key client bases.