Connected digital cities

Frazer, John H. (2009) Connected digital cities. In Baratloo, Mojdeh & Holt-Damant, Kathi (Eds.) Emerging Urban Futures in Land Water Infrastructure, New Model Cities 01 South East Queensland. Columbia University, United States of America, pp. 132-133.


In the future we will have a detailed ecological model of the whole planet with capabilities to explore and predict the consequences of alternative futures.

However, such a planetary eco-model will take time to develop, time to populate with data, and time to validate - time the planet doesn't have. In the interim, we can model the major concentrations of energy use and pollution - our cities - and connect them to form a "talking cities network". Such a networked city model would be much quicker to build and validate. And the advantage of this approach is that it is safer and more effective for us to interfere with the operation of our cities than to tamper directly with the behaviour of natural systems. Essentially, it could be thought of as providing the planet with a nervous system and would empower us to better develop and manage sustainable cities.

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ID Code: 26638
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: integrated digital modelling, urban development, design tools
ISBN: 1883584574
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Design (120508)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
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