Tackling the challenge of growing cities: An informed urbanisation approach

Christopher Petit, Elizabeth Wentz, Bill Randolph, David Sanderson, Frank Kelly, Sean Beevers, Jonathan Reades

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6 Scopus citations


Two global transformative changes-rapid urbanisation and mass digital disruption-are brought together in the concept of ‘Informed Urbanisation’. This approach stands in contrast with the more common and more problematic ‘accidental urbanisation’ that is unsustainable, responsive urban growth driven by population demand and economic development. Informed urbanisation offers the means to decipher cities, comprising integral systems of networks and flows, through rigorous and comprehensive analysis of the multitude of data on housing, transport, city resilience, city migration and other aspects of urban change. In this chapter we introduce an Informed Urbanisation framework and present case studies on how it is being designed and activated in the cities of Phoenix, London and Sydney.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOpen Cities | Open Data
Subtitle of host publicationCollaborative Cities in the Information Era
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789811366055
ISBN (Print)9789811366048
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Dashboard
  • Data store
  • Geodesign
  • Informed urbanisation
  • Open data
  • Rapid urbanisation
  • Resilience
  • Visualisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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