4.5 Built Environment

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. 


peter newmanProf Peter Newman
Science Director P4.5, Project Leader P4.51

Mouritz MikeDr Mike Mouritz
P4.5 Board Chair

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.