Understanding the Complex City: Decisions for Healthy Future Cities
To meet the major challenges of the 21st century, cities will not only need to accommodate the growing population but also respond to the challenges of ageing and insufficient infrastructure, growing inequities particularly on the urban fringe, climate change and increasing rates of non-communicable disease. Building cities that are sustainable, productive and capable of delivering an environment conducive to health and wellbeing is an urgent priority.
The evidence base to inform and guide decision-making for future cities is scattered within disciplinary, thematic and functional silos. This period of digital disruption affords an opportunity to embrace an array of new methods and to engage in more productive dialogue across the urban sciences. The presentation will discuss elements of the disciplinary integration, the opportunities that new methodological approaches afford and the potential that evidence informed decision platforms will play in healthy sustainable future cities.