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Bioclimatic and Sociotechnical Cities Lab (BASC Lab)

A human-centred approach to enhancing urban design and town planning.

With a systems perspective that acknowledges the complexity of delivering sustainable urban environments we research, teach, and design to optimise urban climate and urban comfort. We are part of both the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems (CHF-STS) and the School of Law and Society, and we engage widely with industry and local communities.

Our team

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Research focus and projects

Explore our key areas of research and current projects

Teaching and learning

USC courses that explore the areas of Complex Systems and Urban Climate 

Current partners

Our key external collaborators

Equipment and software

Infrastructure for experimentation and simulation of existing and future urban scenarios 

Publications and awards

Research outputs and team successes

Latest news

Congratulations Ryan!

Ryan McNeilly Smith haw been awarded a Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Award for Excellence in the category Tertiary Student Project for his Honours: Extreme Heat and Urban Design: How can urban design policy play a greater role in mitigating heat-health risks?

USC opens high-tech lab to improve urban areas

The high-tech Bioclimatic and Sociotechnical Cities (BASC) Lab  is now open, with the goal of making towns and cities more comfortable and healthy.

Participate in research

Ameliorating Urban Heat Islands in Townsville

We are collaborating with Townsville City Council and Griffith University in a study on Urban Microclimates to mitigate urban heat islands and other climate change impacts.

Please help by completing a survey if you are, 

A resident of Townsville (for more than two years), and

18 years of age or older.

Thank you for considering participating in this study!


The BASC Lab is located at USC Sunshine Coast.

Room D1.02
Level 1, Building D
USC Sunshine Coast

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