Exploring and designing 'new urban spaces'

Urban agglomerations are the outcome of multiple decisions that prevail over the construction of space and daily practices that model its use. Their complexity has blurred the boundary between city and countryside. That complexity also reflects the diversity in the life styles of residents whose everyday lives unfold in fragmented locations. In these 'new urban spaces' the different spatial and temporal scales are increasingly articulated.

In this context, transport infrastructures, the distribution of activities and amenities (jobs, leisure, services, habitat) and accessibility deriving from them make daily mobility more diverse and make residential location strategies more complex. The economic, environmental and social consequences are a major challenge with respect to the current objective of sustainable development

To study these phenomena, their interactions and impacts, three research areas have been identified:

Analysis of interactions among mobility, infrastructure and urban forms

Spatial and behavioural modelling

Anticipation of new practices and new urban spaces

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