City Analysis Framework development update

The initial development of the City Analysis Framework is the primary activity in the project's first twelve months.  The first step is to understand what city analysis methodologies currently exist, what they cover and how they work.  Parallel to this is unpicking what we need to know to establish a low carbon, resource secure, wellbeing maximised urban environment.

The Liveable Cities team is exploring existing methods from  a variety of disciplines including ecology and ecosystem services, wellbeing, quality of life and society, economy and finance, governance, regulation and policy.  Existing methodologies include indicator frameworks and systems analysis as well as urban metabolism and material flows.

In addition, topics of relevance are being identified, such as energy, transport, water, ecosystem services, wellbeing, resource security, governance, economics, etc.

The challenge is to bring all this information together in a useful and holistic manner that will help the team discover the levers for creating liveable, low carbon cities and give insight into how those levers can be manipulated in innovative and creative ways that will send us down the path of achieving our (the UK's) low carbon objectives without compromising our quality of life and ensuring the security of our resources.

Of course, this work will not be fully completed in one year alone, in fact it will take all five years to fully develop and refine the City Analysis Framework.  The Framework's development is necessarily iterative as the team tests it over the course of the programme in three UK cities (Birmingham, Lancaster and Southampton) and continuously consults with urban design professionals.

Framework conceptualisation
Framework conceptualisation