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Innovation is a driving force in ensuring interconnectivity between people and place within the context of urbanization. Using data analytics, smart design strategies and design support tools as mediums, Data Driven Design explores the integration of technology in urban environments to bridge the gaps of the urban fabric. Addressing the challenges of rapid urbanization by referencing big data, this focus area intends to critically analyse new methodologies to redefine city governance and service delivery.

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Working through perspectives of both designers and “non-designers,” in this domain we explore the social and political locations of the designed urban environment, as well as collaborative and participatory design processes and ways of working that make both the process of planning and outcomes democratic. Likewise, these contributions acknowledge the different ways in which design always happens in a social, cultural and political context.

Parametric Phenomenology is the bridge across objective and subjective data in Design Research.

An exploratory domain for all musings of things architecture and its infinite intersections.

What is wellbeing and how can we design to promote it? More than the absence of illness or discomfort, wellbeing is shorthand for happiness, self-actualization, and holistic health. These outcomes are directly influenced by the physical and social spaces of our daily lives.

Culture plays an important role in shaping behaviors and cognition of space users. Now more than ever we live in multicultural communities. Understanding needs of inhabitants with various backgrounds helps to design spaces that embrace collaboration, trust and respect. In the times of design globalization, when similar solutions are realized in various, remote parts of the globe, it is vital to understand local needs, traditions and habits to successfully adapt these solutions without harming local social environment. We research the influence of culture on perception and behavioral patterns associated with space. We investigate vernacular design practices rooted in different cultures to understand their impact on users' behavior and cognition. If you are interested in contributing to this domain please let us know!

The purpose of Design for Equity is to not only reduce and ultimately eliminate oppressive structures, systems, and spaces but to identify and understand the complexities of oppression within design. Within this area of the CCD, we hope to employ an "investigative design" approach to investigate and conceptualize design interventions to promote spatial equity. From these narratives and user-centric research, we aim to curate and create design interventions to reduce oppression and advance equality.

Design Innovation is developing processes, strategies and tools for transforming design culture across education, research and practice.

Social urbanism focuses not just on the humans in the urban jungle but also on their relations to an entire ecosystem that is essential for healthy and prosperous cities.

1 billion children are currently growing up in cities, of which about 380 million are under 5 years old. Around 1 million neural connections are formed every second in a young child’s brain. This means that every second, roughly 380 trillion of new neural connections happen in the brains of babies and toddlers across cities around the world.