Organisers: Kinda Al_Sayed

Assistant organiser: Ashley Dhanani

Cities are increasingly becoming a focus of research across many disciplines as the global population continues its trend towards urbanisation. With this comes an ever increasing quantity of data pertaining to urban environments. This deluge of information necessitates new approaches to modelling to make use of the ever expanding range of resources. Within UCL, numerous departments are working on bringing new methods and data sources together to understand and improve urban environments across all its facets. As part of the UCL Teaching Innovation Grant, the 2013 Innovative Research on Cities symposium aims to bring together a diverse range of researchers to share their experiences and ideas around the theme of Innovative Research on Cities. The theme of the symposium is purposefully vague as to allow the broadest range of participants to take part and therefore stimulate lively debate and exchanges in knowledge that would not normally be possible.
We invite contributions from all disciplines that are concerned with any aspect of evaluation and modelling of urban phenomena. In addition to the Bartlett’s contributions, we will also have three contributions from Cambridge University as part of a new knowledge exchange initiative. Papers will be presented either as formal presentations or as posters that will be displayed in the symposium room. Submissions for the formal presentation will take the form of abstracts (500 words maximum). All submissions will be reviewed by the organising committee prior to acceptance into the symposium.

Symposium key themes
Understanding cities, sustainable cities and modelling cities.
Key Dates
Call for submission: 22nd February 2013
Submission Deadlines: Abstracts – 15th March (500 words max)
Posters – 20th March (A2, portrait format)
Review Decision: Abstracts – 17th March
Posters – 21th March
Symposium: 25th March 2013

Submissions are to be made to Ashley Dhanani<> The symposium is an open and free event, but we would appreciate it if you would let us know about your intention to attend.

Timetable of sessions

09.30 – Event Start/Introduction Professor Alan Penn  
09.45 – Key speech Professor Philip Steadman  
10.15 – Session 1: Understanding Cities Chair Prof. Mike Raco, UCL Urban Laboratory
Sonia Freire Trigo, Understanding urban vacant land: A way towards resilient urban fabrics
Stephen Law, Estimating the economic value of spatial accessibility through a hedonic framework
11.30 – Coffee Break  
11.45 – Session 2: Spatial models Chair Dr. Sam Griffiths, Space Group
Ashley Dhanani, Creating Linkages Between Space, Cognition and Politics
Kinda Al_Sayed, On the definition of organised complexity in urban systems
13.00 – Lunch  
14.00 – Session 3: Sustainable Cities Chair Aaron Gillich, Cambridge University
Margaret Thorley, Incentivizing private sector engagement in building retrofit initiatives
W. Victoria Lee, Indoor overheating risks assessment in the time of climate change, urbanization, and the rise of the Global South
Peter Armitage, Using display energy certificates to quantify energy consumption in the English public non-domestic building stock
15.15 – Coffee Break  
15.30 – Session 4: Modelling Cities Chair Dr. James Cheshire, CASA
Toby Davies, Analysing the London riots via a mathematical model
Moritz Behrens, Exploring participatory tangible interfaces in hybrid public spaces
Martin Traunmueller, The path is the reward: Considering social networks to contribute to the pleasure of urban strolling
16.45 – End/Closing Remarks




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As the Olympic ceremony end last night in London , with a number of excitement and achievements for different countries this year 2012. Space Syntax also had an opportunity to take part  by producing a syntactic model of EastEnders map at the heart of the Olympic opening ceremony .  This has been a spectacular event for  all space syntax researchers , and giving the opportunity to spread scientific message a cross the global .


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