Nicholas Patorniti's Thesis Presentation

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Nicholas Patorniti's Thesis Presentation

We invite you to attend the Thesis Presentation of Nicholas Patorniti, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate within the School of Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title: A Human Factors, Socio Technical Systems Approach to the Optimisation of Complex Multi Model Urban Corridor and Main Street Urban Environments 

Presenter: Nicholas Patorniti

When: Thursday 6 December from 9-10am

Where: Building E, E1.04


Current approaches to city design need improvement. They are producing undesirable cities that are adversely impacting many facets of modern society (e.g. people, economy, culture and the environment). The need to accommodate an urbanising world population is presenting many opportunities to optimise cities through their redevelopment.

This research builds on the understanding of cities as complex urban systems. A resurgence of complexity theory and push of a systems approach from leading world authorities has led to a new line of enquiry for city design methods. Sociotechnical systems theory and methods have been used to understand complexity in other domains but has not yet been applied to the design of complex urban systems.

A gap is also evident in sociotechnical systems method outputs and their ability to inform design processes. To address these gaps, a literature review of current city design approaches was conducted, as well as a review of city design guidance. This was followed by a global transdisciplinary survey to model an ideal complex urban system, the subsequent development and application of a new approach to assess and design a case study complex urban system, and finally, testing of the method’s validity.

The results help overcome the barriers prevalent in the human factors and ergonomics discipline by operationalising sociotechnical systems theory and method outputs by providing further structure around design tasks. Furthermore, incorporating Geographic Information Systems provided an innovative step to translate sociotechnical systems model outputs to a spatial context. This provided the spatial analysis tool to assess the performance of an archetype complex urban system and redesign it to conform to the ideal models.

The approaches further help overcome the problems prevalent in traditional and current approaches to city design. Specifically, it sets out a way to better understand and respond to the complexity of urban systems by considering all system requirements from a transdisciplinary perspective. The structured approach to design also helps city design practitioners overcome the problems associated with decisions and design made on intuition and judgement. Many implications for human factors and ergonomics practitioners and city design practitioners are presented.

Bio: Nick is the founder and a principal planner for UACS Consulting. He has been an urban planner for over 15 years with small and large international consulting companies. Nick has been the lead planner, project manager and project director for many planning projects. Including, population and employment growth forecast modelling, site selection studies, infrastructure planning, master planning, structure planning and statutory planning. He is continually fascinated by the decisions that have led us to the cities we have today and curiously contemplates alternatives for a better future.

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