URBIS Decision Support for Integrated Urban Governance

Ludlow, David and Jupova, Katerina (2016) URBIS Decision Support for Integrated Urban Governance. REAL CORP 2016 – SMART ME UP! How to become and how to stay a Smart City, and does this improve quality of life? Proceedings of 21st International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 769-776.

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The challenges for the management of cities and city-regions in addressing the economic and societal dynamics facing Europe and Europe's cities today is evident in the complexity and interconnectedness of the global and pan-European drivers of change and their associated socio-economic, environmental and territorial impacts for urban environments. Integrated urban management processes emphasising horizontal integration across the sectoral agencies at the local level, and vertical integration between government agencies from city to EU level is identified as critical to the management of the city-region in relation to the key political objectives defined at both local and EU levels. The clear need for enhanced intelligence to support inter-agency collaboration and decision-making on territorial development as a central feature of integrated management is identified as a prime opportunity for URBIS solutions. Accordingly this paper presents an overview of the EU funded URBIS project (ICT PSP 2014–17) www.ict-urbis.eu. The project coordinated by GISAT, Prague investigates vacant land potentials in urban areas, and the opportunities for previously developed land or brownfield to support urban regeneration safeguarding greenfield sites. URBIS delivers assessment methodologies and tools to provide accurate up-to-date intelligence on urban vacant land opportunities that is comparable across European cities to support the definition and implementation of sustainable planning and governance strategies in cities and city-regions throughout Europe. The background to this innovative research and city pilot development are growing pan-European concerns with land taken for urban use, which annually converts almost 1000 km2 of agricultural or natural land into artificial areas, as part of a wider European land degradation process. This land take process is driven by urban sprawl and infrastructure development, for example when new urban industrial or commercial areas are built on highly fertile agricultural land, rather than recycling abandoned or underused artificial sites. Land use efficiency is today a prime political objective at both European as well as city level, and the EU Land Communication aims to establish “zero net land take” across the EU by 2050. Central to the delivery of this policy is accurate intelligence on the availability and supply of previously developed “brownfield” land, as a key component of land-use decision making, maximising the net socio-economic benefits from land-use without degrading natural capital. The core objectives of URBIS presented in this paper aims to deliver this intelligence via urban planning decision support tools methodologies and assessments to realise the development potential of vacant and underused land in urban areas.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban sprawl, urban vacant land, integrated urban management, planning decision support tools, URBIS
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 17:15
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2016 17:15
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/161

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