Liane Thuvander – new profile leader within Building Futures for the Urban Futures area

​The Building Futures Area of Advance has been strengthened since autumn 2016 with the addition of Liane Thuvander from Chalmers Architecture, who is taking on the role of new profile leader for the Urban Futures area. We asked Liane a few questions.
Hi Liane! Who are you?
   - My name is Liane Thuvander. I’m a qualified architect and publicly defended my doctoral thesis on architecture, specialising in environmental science, at Chalmers in 2003. Following a post-doctoral appointment in Germany at the Institut für industrielle Bauproduktion (now called Building Lifecycle Management) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), I returned to Chalmers and Gothenburg, where I live with my husband and my two children. My research at Chalmers Architecture is about sustainable building, with a special focus on how to visualise various types of environmental and geodata to support decision-making, both in the transformation of major property stocks, in urban planning and urban transformation – not least focusing on human beings. I’m now looking forward to bringing this into the Building Futures Area of Advance.

What appeals to you about the Building Futures Area of Advance?
   - I like working in interdisciplinary environments to address challenges in society through various forms of work and meeting places. It’s a starting point for everything I do. By cooperating with various competence areas we can together develop new ideas and formulate issues to continue working on. In short, I think it’s great fun and includes opportunities for development at all levels. In my area of activity there are links to all other profile areas within Building Futures, perhaps mostly Virtual Cities, the area in which we work to implement the tools developed by researchers in Mathematical Sciences and others.

What challenges will you tackle?
   - I will specifically continue to build on the area of urban transformation and urban futures, alongside other stakeholders. Regarding the issue of housing, for example, there are many players who can contribute to solving this challenge, and we can work together. Additionally, healthcare issues, such as those related to an ageing population, the major renovations required and issues concerning citizen’s dialogue, will be key challenges for my profile area.

What will you start working on?
   - One important issue in the area of building futures is access to geodata that is required in both research and education, and where we have the opportunity to help society around us. Geodata can be used to help create various types of 2D and 3D models, conduct advanced analyses of urban spaces and provide supporting documentation with which to visualise and auralise what is “invisible” in a city. Measurable parameters, such as energy consumption, air pollution or noise as well as more qualitative aspects, such as the perception people have of various places. We will work together on this issue with the City Planning Authority within the City of Gothenburg, which owns the relevant geodata. In collaboration with the authority I will therefore support the creation of a geodata portal, via which Chalmers will gain access to the authority’s data, if we distribute it in a secure way. When researchers at Chalmers have access to this geodata we can help the city tackle challenges linked to urban planning and propose solutions.

What happens next?
   - The profile officially starts on 30 November in conjunction with a lunch meeting, to which I’m inviting stakeholders to come and brainstorm ideas with me in order to formulate the focus of the profile’s activity in more detail for the future. We will also select a new name for the area to clarify the new start for the profile. Everyone is welcome!

Link to Liane’s personal profile page on the Chalmers website
Link to Liane’s page on the Building Futures website

Page manager Published: Thu 24 May 2018.