Theory

In this section, we orient our research with an early grounding in real-world applicability.

  • We derive our sustainability + liveability parameters by:
    • understanding current aspirations and needs in communities (both abstract and specific) e.g. for social and personal wellbeing, environmental stewardship, culture, economic stability.
    • translating these aspirations and needs into sustainability + liveability goals.
    • investigating key variables and measures of our sustainability + liveability goals, to inform the choice of sustainability + liveability parameters in our metrics.
  • We set constraints for our model by:
    • striving towards the one goal of sustainable + liveable cities. This includes targets such as: a world with < 2 degrees Celsius warming, greener cities, better accessibility. (These targets will be quantified).
    • understanding the necessity for combined actions, undertaken across countries and from anywhere between an individual to global scales. E.g. the need for a dramatic decrease of environmental impact from developed countries, as well as the ‘clean’ development of developing countries.
    • ensuring our model can facilitate these necessary changes.
  • We seek to understand the real-world constraints in implementation by:
    • Working with industry and all levels of government to shape tools that will ultimately be of easy, practical use in the field and when under time and cost constraints.

The key criteria in this section include:

  • to work towards specific goals that directly address science-based, quantitative targets to reduce environmental impacts such as climate change, noise emissions, land degradation and pollution. I.e. to make plans and take action based on science-based evidence, rather than public opinion, in areas where scientific reasoning is the more accurate of the two.
  • to reflect and incite reasoned discussion on community aspirations, so as to unify public opinion (as far as possible) for better policy.
  • to maintain relevant with current research and on-the-ground practice in the fields of urban planning, transport and sociology.
  • to be useable by cities in all ranges of development and monetary funding.

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