Sydney Computational Design Group

Join us on Wednesday 5 October at the Sydney Computational Design Group where we have Chris Pettit and Michael Ostwald presenting.


Chris Pettit is the inaugural Professor Urban Science at UNSW. He is Associate Director of the City Future Research Centre where he leads the City Analytics Program. Chris currently co-chairs the Geo4All OpenCitySmart initiative and is the co-chair of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Geographical Visualisation and Virtual Reality Working Group. His expertise is in the convergence of the fields of spatial planning and GIS and he has published more than 120 peer reviewed papers in this area. Chris will present ‘Visualising a Changing City’ where he will introduce two data driven visualisation platforms which have been developed to communicate the changes in our city. The first platform is known as CityViz. This platform currently provides data on city housing and city movement indicators. A digital story telling approach is undertaken where interactive maps are supported by narrative. The second platform is known as CityDash. This platform aggregates a number of feeds from open data from across Sydney and provides this as a real-time city dashboard, the digital pulse of Sydney.


Michael J. Ostwald is Professor and Dean of Architecture at the University of Newcastle (Australia) and a visiting Professor at RMIT University. He has previously been a Professorial Research Fellow at Victoria University Wellington, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and a visiting fellow at MIT and UCLA. In 2016 Michael was awarded the Neville Quarry Medallion for services to architectural education and in his career he has been awarded 13 major ARC grants. Michael has a PhD in architectural history and theory and a DSc in design mathematics and computing and he completed postdoctoral research on baroque geometry at Harvard in 2000. Michael’s talk titled, ‘Computational Analysis of Architecture’ will presents an overview of several recent research projects which have used computational and mathematical means to investigate claims about famous buildings and spaces. The projects include: (i) an isovist analysis of passage through Frank Lloyd Wright’s domestic architecture, (ii) parametric generation of plans of traditional Chinese private gardens to replicate social and cognitive properties, (iii) a reconstruction of Richard Neutra’s soundscape in the Clark House and (iv) fractal dimension analysis of Sinan’s Mosques in Istanbul.


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