Digitised Planning System

Geoffrey Makstutis
Geoffrey Makstutis

Scoping study to inform the design of a Digitised Planning System (DPS); evaluating how to extend the economic, social and environmental benefits of ‘big data’ and new technology into planning and design.

Principal Investigator: Geoffery Makstutis
CollegeCentral Saint Martins

Project Summary

Funded by Creative Works London, this project was the beginning of a long-term goal to develop and pilot a new digitised planning system for the UK. Geoffrey Makstutis, Course Leader of BA Architecture at Central Saint Martins, and Mark Simpkins of the Design Against Crime Research Centre, working with the RIBA Policy Unit, are developing a scoping study for the project.

The project provided both a means of allowing architects, designers, planners and developers a way of making use of a range of different types of data to improve the planning process and, crucially, to enable the public to become engaged in the processes that change the built environment - to understand the process, to participate the process and to inform policy at local, regional and national levels.

RIBA’s ultimate goal is a tool that will revolutionise architectural and urban design processes. However, the potential benefits of a DPS will extend to the general public and creative practitioners across London and beyond.

The study:

  • identified current datasets available and the need for new datasets
  • defined common data platforms and formats to promote interoperability and access
  • identified stakeholders (public, private, professional, institutional, etc)
  • defined methodologies for engaging stakeholders in defining needs/expectations
  • identified potential partners for further development
  • defined initial stakeholder evaluation points and develop open feedback model.