A smart urban research-synthesis-engagement platform for decision making.
iHUB will significantly advance the ways in which we engage in applied, collaborative urban planning and design research.Professor Carl Grodach
Researchers from the Monash Urban Lab are part of a team from five Australian universities working together to establish iHUB – a nationally networked digital infrastructure platform for built environment research, synthesis and engagement. With funding of $725,405 through the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme, iHUB will support collaboration among a wide range of city stakeholders in smarter urban planning and design.
The project will create novel processes for government agencies, practitioners and citizens to engage in more effective decision-making in the planning, design, construction and monitoring of Australia’s rapidly growing metropolitan regions, at scales ranging from cities, towns, and precincts to buildings. The initial iHUB network of researchers and affiliates will enable key projects that build on and integrate the substantial sets of new knowledge, models and tools developed independently by three ‘urban’ CRCs and AURIN. In this way, the iHUB attacks the multiple disconnects that currently hobble the efficient and effective urban planning and development of large fast-growing cities: namely, the lack of interdisciplinary and inter-agency engagement with the ‘wicked problems’ of designing future cities and their built environments.