The University of Strathclyde has launched an exhibition in Glasgow aimed at showing the public how research will inform the future of cities. The interim City Observatory, based in The Lighthouse in Glasgow, highlights how city data can help people, governments and business to understand urban centres, and plan and deliver better cities for the future.
Visitors to the exhibition can explore interactive maps of Glasgow and other world cities showing information about demographics, health and the economy. The installation has been designed as a taster exhibit, showcasing the forthcoming City Observatory – part of the new research centre, the Institute for Future Cities – which will be based in the University of Strathclyde’s new Technology and Innovation Centre.
Other innovations are set to be unveiled in Glasgow soon, including intelligent street lighting and a city cycling app.
The Institute for Future Cities is working on research projects including a predictive crime project and the €3.7m STEP UP Strathclyde-led European research programme on sustainable city planning and implementation, where Glasgow is working with the cities of Gothenburg, Riga and Ghent to deliver major carbon emission reductions, and tackling social and economic issues.
The City Observatory is one element of the Technology Strategy Board’s £24m Future City Glasgow programme.