While I appreciate the inclusion of the environmental planning expert (# 4), it seems to me that the urban planner /architect (#8) as leader of this panel, with their focus on the built environment, is a simplification of the skills set necessary to asses the complexity of the urban environment and its relationship to the wider urban/rural matrix of which it is an integral part. I would sugest that a landscape architect/urban planner would make better generalist to chair this panel.
Cities planning their future are increasingly turning to the production of Integrated Urban Models. These are tools that bring together various datasets on different asoects of urban performance, from the behaviour of people to the flows of energy, water and other utilities. The aim is to better predict the future of cities by better understanding how they are currently working.
This is a nascent but rapidly developing field in which knowledge is emerging and evolving at a pace. Given the complexity of cities it is a good idea to involve many specialists in different subjects, led by an Urban Modelling Advisory Panel (UrbanMAP). I suggest the UrbanMAP, like any good team, is made up of 11 people, comprising:
1. a transport technologist with expertise in walk/bike as well as road/transit
2. an infrastructure engineer with utilities capacity expertise
3. a real estate economist with expertise in locational analytics/spatial…
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