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A comprehensive new set of SNAMUTS data for Australia’s five largest capital cities in 2011 and 2016 was released through the AURIN portal today.

The data show that public transport accessibility has improved between 2011 and 2016 in all five cities, and most markedly so in Perth and Sydney.

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Contested urban streets: Place, traffic and governance conflicts of potential activity corridors

Sam McLeod and Professor Carey Curtis have authored a paper in the latest edition of Cities journal, analysing the conflicts involved in Activity Corridors.

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Methods Book

Doing Research in Urban and Regional Planning

Diana MacCallum, Courtney Babb and Carey Curtis, have authored a new book providing an introduction to contemporary methodology and methods in planning research.

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Gothenburg SNAMUTS

Public transport accessibility tools matter

A new paper demonstrates how an accessibility tool may shed light on latent demand for public transport, using a case study of Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Visual Spatial Enquiry – Book

Urbanet researchers have contributed a chapter on “Visualising travel and activity geographies of children’s well-being” to a book titled Visual Spatial Enquiry: Diagrams and Metaphors for Architects and Spatial Thinkers.

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Swedish Visit

There was an excellent turn out and insightful questions at the Dept. of Transport seminar last week. Further information on Dr Pettersson-Löfsted’s project on public transport “on-demand” may be found here.

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Public Confidence in Shared, Autonomous, Electric Vehicles

As a lead-up to commencing a new round of PATREC research projects in mid-2019, distinguished WA academics will present recent research findings relating to the adoption of shared, autonomous, electric vehicles in Australia.

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Public Transport “On-Demand”: Transport Revolution or Technical Fix Looking for a Problem?

An upcoming lunch-time seminar at the Department of Transport will review of attempts to implement Demand Responsive Transport (DRT).

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The Future Driverless City?

In the latest issue of Planning Theory and Practice, Carey Curtis and colleagues discuss the risk of the autonomous vehicle revolution entrenching the ‘mobility-industrial complex’.

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Shared Working

The Rise of Shared Work Spaces: A Disruption to Urban Planning Policy?

Drawing on a Western Australian pilot study, a new paper in Urban Policy and Research explores the implications of shared work spaces for planners and regulators.

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Shipping containers

Conceptualising freight generation for transport and land use planning

Urbanet researchers have recently published in the Journal Transport Policy about the complexity of freight trip generation. This research, partly funded by the Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC), developed a new framework for understanding freight by adapting the well-established Porter’s Diamond Model of Competitive Advantage. The paper was also developed through initial review by the Freight and Logistics Council of WA.

More information: Contact Professor Carey Curtis.

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Futures Workshop

Map Mashups revisited: Employing discursive planning tools for Perth’s urban future

Curtin researchers hosted a day-long workshop for transport and land use planning decision-makers in Perth, bringing together innovative digital mapping and discourse facilitation tools, in the Curtin HIVE (Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch) facility. The methodological approach was presented at the 2017 State of Australian Cities Conference conference.

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Are we ready for driverless cars on Australian roads?

Learn more about our research project with the University of Melbourne which focuses on how transport agencies are managing the introduction of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies with a focus on policy goals, integration with other modes, procurement and regulation. As a pilot project, the research includes interviews with key policy players in AV technologies together with an engagement workshop with key stakeholders.

Project team: Prof Carey Curtis and Dr Jan Scheurer at Curtin; Dr John Stone, Dr Crystal Legacy, Mr David Ashmore at University of Melbourne.

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Visual representations in crime prevention

Urbanet have recently collaborated with Dr Jane Matthews at Curtin’s Australasian Joint Research Centre for Building Information Modelling  to research the potential for using new Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies to improve the design of residential buildings to prevent burglaries.

The research explored the history of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) analysis techniques against a review of the technical capabilities of BIM and related technologies, including video games and virtual reality, so that housing designs can be virtually tested for potential for crime, potentially as part of the development assessment process.

A leading paper detailing the results of this work has been published in the Journal Crime Prevention and Community Safety.

More information: Contact Dr Paul Cozens.

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Accessibility Tools in Planning Practice

Professor Carey Curtis visited the Transport Studies Unit at Oxford University to give a seminar entitled “Accessibility Tools in Planning Practice” where she demonstrated how the SNAMUTS tool (Spatial Network Analysis for Multimodal Urban Transport Systems) has succeeded in creating the right conditions for both town planners and transport planners to discuss potential urban futures framed around a greater role for public transport.

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Planning for Public Transport Accessibility

Planning for Public Transport Accessibility

A new international sourcebook about urban public transportation networks has recently been published by Urbanet’s SNAMUTS team, which adds substantial analytical and theoretical perspectives to the international discourse about public transport network planning.

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We must plan the driverless city to avoid being hostage to the technology revolution

Trials of autonomous cars and buses have begun on the streets of Australian cities. Communications companies are moving to deploy the lasers, cameras and centimetre-perfect GPS that will enable a vehicle to navigate the streets of your town or city without a driver.

Carey Curtis, Jan Scheurer, John Stone and Crystal Legacy discuss autonomous car trials in Australia in The Conversation.

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