Beyond Administrative Delimitations: Uncovering Patterns Using Complexity Science

Calendar 22 July 2019 
Time 10.30 am – 12.00 noon. Registration from 10.00am, seated by 10.20am 
Location NTU@one-north Auditorium, 11 Slim Barracks Rise, NTU @ one-north, room 302, 3rd floor, Singapore 138664
 rsvp Free event. RSVP required.
cpd 1 SILA CPD pts, 2 BOA-SIA CPD pts

Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please be seated 10 minutes before lecture begins, after which we will open the venue to walk-in guests.


Lecture Poster (1.1MB)
Lecture Slides (5.3MB)


 This lecture looks at how to construct the territorial organisation of the space beyond administrative delimitations. This refers to the way people interact and share a sense of community given by the connectivity of the space. We will see how this methodology can bring insights into the organisation of 11th century Britain, using data from the oldest census in Europe, compiled under King William the Conqueror. When applied to current Europe, this methodology shows that the street network leaves footprints of how communities form and differentiate from one another. Unfortunately, such differentiation sometimes leads to conflict. Lastly, we will look at the role city boundaries for the evaluation of city performance, in particular under the framework of urban scaling laws.

About the Speakers

Dr Elsa Arcaute

Associate Professor
Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Dr Elsa Arcaute is an Associate Professor in Spatial Modelling and Complexity at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London. She is a physicist with a masters and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge. Her field of research is Complexity Sciences, focusing on urban systems, in particular on understanding behaviour at different scales, and its applications to inequality and resilience. She is co-I of an EPSRC grant and advisor for PEAK Urban GCRF programme, UKRI, aiming at building skilled capacity for decision making on urban futures. 

Huang Zhongwen

Director (Digital Planning Lab)
Urban Redevelopment Authority

Huang Zhongwen is an Urban Planner and leads the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Digital Planning Lab (DPLab). In this role, he spearheads efforts, to incubate digital competencies for URA and key partners, to accelerate transformation of planning processes, and to foster innovations and partnerships. He oversees DPLab’s efforts to build analytic methods to provide actionable insights for planning studies, to develop digital tools in-house to enable more data-informed and integrated way of planning, and to conduct vocational analytics training for planners.