The economic and political situation of cities has shifted in recent years in light of rapid growth amidst infrastructure decline, the suburbanization of poverty and inner city revitalization. At the same time, the way that data are used to understand urban systems has changed dramatically. Urban Analytics offers a field-defining look at the challenges and opportunities of using new and emerging data to study contemporary and future cities through methods including GIS, Remote Sensing, Big Data and Geodemographics. Written in an accessible style and packed with illustrations and interviews from key urban analysts, this is a groundbreaking new textbook for students of urban planning, urban design, geography, and the information sciences.

Questioning the City through Urban Analytics

Questioning the City through Urban Analytics

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter students will understand the following:

  • The majority of future population growth will be concentrated in urban areas.
  • The planning and management of population change creates a range of challenges for cities.
  • New forms of technology are increasingly embedded into city systems and are providing a wealth of new data.
  • Urban analytics represents a methodological toolkit for studying and managing data-rich cities.

Human Settlements and Urbanization

Looking down onto the surface of the earth from space reveals a patchwork of urbanization. By 2015 the United Nations (UN) estimated that global population reached 7.3 billion people, and projected that this will have grown to 9.7 billion by 2050 (United Nations 2015). Not only has ...

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