Innovative Models and Technologies

Our researchers use innovative theoretical models embedded in smart technology to explore technology-enabled solutions that can be tailored to achieve integrated outcomes.


Integral Design Framework

The Live+Smart Research Lab researchers use the four-quadrant model of the Integral Design Framework (IDF) as a guide to investigate the individual and collective aspects of a place (personal, cultural, social), as well as qualitative and quantitative performance criteria (both at local environmental and building/infrastructure performance level, up to town/regional scale) to investigate integrated social, economic, cultural and environmental sustainability outcomes for the chosen study or location.


Regenerative-Adaptive Design Model

The Regenerative-Adaptive Design Model (RADM) is a meta model that links all elements of a place together, at all levels of scale, embedded in a regenerative-adaptive pattern language (Roös, 2021). The RADM facilitates integral design and planning that incorporates the principles of regenerative design with an adaptive pattern language that re-establishes human wholeness with nature and offers relevant strategies towards adaptation and resilience; in essence creating an evolutionary living-built environment.


Dynamic Scenario Planning Model (DSPM)

The Dynamic Scenario Planning Model (DSPM) is a custom build planning tool that provide scenario-modelling capabilities (i.e. scenario testing) to better understand how the physical, unique landscape characteristics, social, cultural, built form, housing, commercial, various industries, land use and environmental attributes of a specific place or region can change under different impacts from population growth, emerging industry sectors, land use changes, development proposal(s) and climate change. Our DSPM includes the ability to address both the ‘soft and hard’ infrastructure considerations in regional and urban planning through a dynamic 2D-3D GIS platform, backed by knowledge architecture that uses extensive data analytics from various sources.


Virtual and Augmented Reality Technology

Our dynamic design and planning processes are supported by virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies, allowing immersive interactive spatial visualisations, digital simulations, and informed decision making. From initial digital twin GIS based mapping of 2D and 3D visualisations, we tailor specific scenarios to be able to be experienced in an immersive virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) environment.


Arial and Remote Sensing Tools

Our arial and remote sensing research undertaken by the Live+Smart Research Laboratory focusses on the understanding of the relationships between human settlements and the natural environment, identifying the patterns of impact from human interference on ecosystems and wild nature. To undertake this research, we have the latest advances in drone aerial exploration tools at our disposal.