4.5 Built Environment

June 2017

The CRCSI is pleased to announce Chris Pettit as Director of Smart Cities, a newly created position within the CRCSI. This position will be focused on the future direction of our activities in the Built Environment, as well as coordinating the application of existing project outputs, such as RAISE and Greening the Greyfields. Read more about Chris here.

September 2016

Immersion stakeholder engagement with Christchurch City Council has been the recent work of the Greening the Greyfields team in New Zealand, along with working with the assets team to identify areas for social housing. There are opportunities to expand into Wellington.

June 2016

New report by LUTI Consulting and Mecone Planning. Location to public transport is key to increasing land values states a report released in June. Read the report here.

train 239pxWideOver 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. 


Chris Pettit
Prof Chris Pettit
Director of Smart Cities 


PhilD 2Phil Delaney
Manager - Partner Services



4.53 Barriers and Opportunities for Adopting Spatial Tools in Land Use Planning

Building concept drawing This research will identify why spatial information tools are not being more broadly used in land use planning and decision making. It will develop a framework for assessing the usability of such software tools,...

4.55 Greening the Greyfields

This project is developing tools to apply spatial information to urban planning decision-making, for improved economic, social and environmental outcomes. 

Remote Observation Automated Modelling Economic Simulation (ROAMES)

The Ergon ROAMES (Remote Observation Automated Modelling Economic Simulation) project captures aerial photography and LiDAR images over its entire powerline infrastructure each year.