Framework for an Intelligent Urban Configuration (ICM)

Huston, Simon and Mohd Yusof, Yusnani () Framework for an Intelligent Urban Configuration (ICM).

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Title Framework for an Intelligent Urban Configuration (ICM)
Abstract/Summary The Oath of Athenian Youth was: ‘we will transmit the City…. greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us’ but the form and mechanism of betterment remains contested. Some advocate collective visions, whether central or dispersed; others limited 'conservative surgery'. Despite liberal resistance, manifest urban deficiencies impel some form of oversight if not betterment direction. Compelling urban maladies, abetted by planning managerialism, include fossil fuel orientation, fragmentation, industrial and visual blights. As with any disease, management encompasses diagnosis, surveillance, detection and treatment rather than deliberate or misconstrued accentuation. One cure considered here is the ‘Intelligently Configured Metropolis’ (‘ICM’): a framework beyond the geographical confines of the Knowledge City (‘KC’). The ICM seeks strategic focus, strong governance and undistorted signals so that capital is orientated away from collusion and speculative ‘gaming’ towards innovation, social product and environmental improvement. It points to six treatment ‘pillars’. The first is a recalibrated policy framework beyond populist rhetoric and electoral cycles. Policy integrity, informed by evidence, impels coherent positions on carbon imposts, population, immigration and foreign investment. Second, the ICM seeks institutional reform to cut ‘red tape’ but not cost-effective service delivery. The third and fourth pillars of the ICM promote price, tax and spatial information risk and opportunity cost transparency. Under policy focus and rational institutional and signalling envelope of ICM, sits the KC, fostering people-focused sustainable prosperity. The ICM is open to technological evolution which could be toward decentralisation of water and power generation or centralised carbon sequestration. Certainly a KC is linked by rail networks to its urban-edge hubs. These aesthetically meaningful, pedestrian and cycle-friendly satellites provide niche manufacturing or high-end service jobs. The final plank in the ICM is virtual democratisation. Sadly, malignancy persists. In Brisbane, Queensland, despite ‘smart state’ and ‘knowledge city’ rhetoric, real growth drivers remain coal exports, compliant foreign investment and migration policies which artificially inflate real estate. The urban legacy of fossil fuel resource economy extends beyond a reactionary transport configuration and overpriced housing to more insidious debilities of government denial, information asymmetry, institutional managerialism, price distortions, and community alienation.
Keyword Knowledge cities
Urban fragmentation
Carbon addiction
Housing affordability
Rail networks
Community democratisation
Subjects 0905 Civil Engineering
Author Huston, Simon
Mohd Yusof, Yusnani
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Tue, 07 Jun 2011, 15:48:54 EST by Jon Swabey on behalf of UQ Business School