Focus on Improving Urban Centers
More than half the world’s population lives in urban areas and the other half are increasingly dependent on these cities for economic and social progress. As a result, cities are at the forefront of global socio-economic change. Overcrowding, natural hazards, deteriorating infrastructure, environmental health, and financial constraints are just a few of the problems affecting global cities.
City planners must look for ways to improve the lives of current residents at the same time as they look toward ensuring a viable community for residents of the future. Culture, recreation, transportation, education, access to healthcare, etc., are all part of the equation.
A sensible approach to social decision making and urban management should emphasize efficiency in use of resources, minimal creation of waste, long-lasting development practices, and systemic resiliency and reliability.
At the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization (formerly the Center for Geographic Information Systems) we work with various sponsors and collaborators to find solutions for sustainable urban centers.