Three Ways to Promote Urban Research and Practice with Emerging Technologies

From the Perspective of City Laboratory, New City, and Future City

As China's urbanisation enters a new stage, the people-centred and quality-oriented urban development 

goals put forward higher requirements for urban ergonomics. At the same time, the fourth industrial revolution, which relied on the integration of computers and communications, is changing cities with a series of disruptive technologies. Three ways to promote urban development with emerging technologies were concluded in this paper. Specifically, the first way is to provide new data and methods for urban studies, the second is to influence urban space and urban life and eventually change the cognition of cities, and the third way is future-oriented, which introduces digital innovation into urban planning and designs to make cities smarter. This paper aims to provide some references for urban studies, management, as well as planning and design practice.

龙瀛和张恩嘉 2021 世界建筑_三个路径.pdf
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Review on the Progress of Future City Research

The fourth industrial revolution, based on computing, information, and communication, is fundamentally changing the production and life of the humans as well as the whole society, and the evolution of cities presents unprecedented speed, scale, and complexity. Future cities are closely related to the future of the humankind. This paper reviews four main approaches in the future city research and practice: data-based empirical studies, futuristic imagination, engineering technologies, and spatial design. Based on the distinction of ontology, epistemology, and methodology of these approaches, the paper summarizes the core ideas and main progresses in the future city research. Then, in combination of literature analysis, the paper summarizes current achievements in the cutting-edge future city research and practice, including transportation, energy, communication, environment, health, and urban public services, which are directly related to technological progress. By predicting the strategic direction of

future city research and practice, the paper further proposes the core thought for the creation of future cities.



The preface for the future city special issue in Chengdu Planning

Future Cities from the Lens of Space

We are sharing the first version of the WeSpace report below, including the full Chinese version, the full English version and the brief version in Chinese. If you have any feedback, please feel free to contact with us via ylong@tsinghua.edu.cn

The full version of the report in Chinese v1
Released on 2020.06.18
未来城市空间 WeSpace v1 20200618 全文.pdf
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The full version of the report in English v2
Released on 2021.02.24
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The brief version of the report in Chinese v1
Released on 2020.06.18
未来城市空间 WeSpace v1 20200618 简版.pdf
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Future of Human Settlements Driven by Disruptive Technologies: Perspectives from The New Science of Cities and Future Cities

A series of disruptive technologies emerged in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which on the one hand had a profound impact on urban space and social life, and on the other hand provided new data, new methods and new technologies for the built environment / human settlement related research. Combining the observation of the new coronavirus pneumonia as a public health event and the theme of future human settlements driven by disruptive technologies, six perspectives for current research situation criticism and future research prospects have been proposed in this paper:(1) Urban big data has emerged, and it will be more profoundly applied in the built environment academia and industry;(2) Our understanding on cities is still limited, and urban science is still in its infancy. How to improve the scientific nature of urban research, especially urban spatial research? (3) Emphasize the use of new data, new methods, and new technologies to study "new" cities, that is, "the new science of cities"; (4) The research of healthy cities needs to establish a substantial cooperation between built environmental disciplines and public health disciplines, and embrace smart technologies in the background of digital health; (5) Smart technology effectively supports city operations and residents' living condition, and built environmental disciplines should actively explore the application of emerging technologies; (6) The discipline of built environment should actively explore the spatial prototype of the future city, and support future built environment design based on Spatial Intervention, Place Making and Digital Innovation (SIPMDI).

龙瀛 2020 建筑学报_未来人居.pdf
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Technologies, cities and our discipline

龙瀛 2019 科学中国人_未来城市.pdf
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