​There is a critical lack of comprehensive models of cities that bridge disciplinary boundaries, both academic and professional. A central element here is the professional divide between, on the one hand, urban planners and designers dealing with the distribution of land use and the design of the built fabric, that is, the creation of urban locations, and on the other hand, traffic and transport planners who deal with the mobility of people and goods, that is, facilitating urban flows. This is unfortunate since urban systems essentially constitute locations and flows, which is why they need to be studied and modelled together. New research that combines these entities will prove critical for building future sustainable cities.

Published: Mon 13 Jun 2016. Modified: Fri 01 Sep 2017