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Urban predictability

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30 May 2024

Episode 659

30 minutes


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How can urban predictability help us design, plan and build better cities? We examine the real-world lessons that can be taken from digital environments, visit an urban environment simulator and explore how predictive artificial intelligence can be a beneficial tool for municipalities. 

30 May 2024

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Pearl: Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory

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This new research centre by University College London is one of the world’s most advanced simulation facilities. It manipulates ground, lighting, soundscape and even smell in order to examine how people interact with spaces and use the results to design better cities.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies’s City AI Connect

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To prepare city leaders for the effects of technology and aid them in learning from the predictive power of generative artificial intelligence, Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched ‘City AI Connect’, a new tool that helps city leaders learn from one another.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies’s City AI Connect

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‘Digital Structures’, Wendy Fok

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‘Digital Structures: Data and Urban Strategies of the Civic Future’ examines how digital approaches to urban design can help predict how we live in cities and create places that are better prepared for potential threats.

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