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  • 23rd September 2022

DC2 - Digital Cities for Change

The Ove Arup Foundation has recently agreed the funding for Phase 3 of the DC2 Digital Cities for Change programme with the University of Cambridge, a four-year research project leading to Educational Modules in Digital Cities for Change at graduate and executive level.

The research, which started in 2017, addresses the disciplinary gulf which exists between city managers, engineers and urban designers. Built environment professionals need to be trained in a broader range of disciplines and tools, bridging infrastructure and city management solutions to develop the opportunities presented by the digital economy.

The research programme addresses the gaps and identifies the digital tools required to deliver a smart city which benefits the citizens it serves. The outcome will be a series of educational modules required to equip a new generation of built-environment professionals.

This programme has been delivered by a team of experts from the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at the University of Cambridge. Led by Dr Jennifer Schooling (CSIC, Department of Engineering), the programme has brought together academics from the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Land Economy, Architecture, Geography, Manufacturing Engineering and Computer Science to develop capacity and capability within UK industry to design, deliver and sustain smart cities and infrastructure solutions. The research is not confined to the UK, but has developed international case studies.

Phase 3 will provide funding for researchers to continue their work while the process of launching the educational modules happens over the next two to three years.

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