Treating premium malaise through intelligent urban configuration (ICM)

Huston, Simon (2010). Treating premium malaise through intelligent urban configuration (ICM). In: Tan Yigitcanlar, Peter Yates and Klaus Kunzmann, Proceedings of: The Third Knowledge Cities World Summit. From Theory to Practice. KCWS 2010: Knowledge Cities World Summit, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (1450-1455). 16-19 November 2010.

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Author Huston, Simon
Title of paper Treating premium malaise through intelligent urban configuration (ICM)
Conference name KCWS 2010: Knowledge Cities World Summit
Conference location Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Conference dates 16-19 November 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of: The Third Knowledge Cities World Summit. From Theory to Practice
Place of Publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher World Capital Institute, City of Melbourne; Office of Knowledge Capital
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780646546551
Editor Tan Yigitcanlar
Peter Yates
Klaus Kunzmann
Start page 1450
End page 1455
Total pages 6
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Policy and urban interventions are invariably contentious; pitting visionaries against liberal conservatives. Despite resistance to teleological idealism which necessarily tightens planning governance and imposes constraints on corporations and developers, current urban configurations are deficient. Policy urgently needs to address spatial urban price and social fragmentation, access inequity and housing affordability. As with any malady, management encompasses diagnosis, surveillance, detection and treatment rather than deliberate or misconstrued accentuation. The paper postulates and briefly considers the “Intelligently Configured Metropolis” or ICM which, however, extends beyond geographical urban confines. Without it, environmental stress and demographic pressure will accentuate urban housing dystopia. ICM seeks to suppress demand and supply residential dwelling price drivers and orientate capital towards innovation, social product and environmental improvement. Premium drivers include expansive foreign investment and immigration policy, institutional mediocrity, price distortions, information asymmetry, fossil fuel configuration and community disengagement. Treatment involves fostering ecological niche manufacturing in rigorously-planned, urban-edge rail hubs. These, productive and aesthetically meaningful satellite places provide decent, affordable housing, are pedestrian and cycle friendly abet insurgent civic discourse. Six pillars for ICM are suggested: policy clarity involving population, foreign investment and immigration, strategic ‘whole of government’ reform to effectively enforce recalibrated policy and cost-effectively deliver world class services to local communities, price, tax and pension rationalisation to nudge people towards sustainable choices, surveillance, analysis and dissemination of robust environmental, community and spatial information, re-conceptualisation and sustainable transformation of cities and, finally, the devolution of power to engaged communities.
Keyword Knowledge cities
Urban fragmentation
Carbon addiction
Housing affordability
Rail networks
Community democratisation
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Presented during Parallel session 5.1 "Economy and value generation" as Paper #93.

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