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The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) – a research centre set up by ETH Zurich and the National Research Foundation in Singapore focusing on sustainable future cities – has used advanced location-based analytics technology to assess how walkable Singapore is today and evaluate strategies to improve walkability in the future.

Tanvi is a part of the Engaging Mobility group where her research focusses on the interplay between automation of transportation flows and urban form . Advent of new transportation technologies like trains, trams and cars have had enduring impacts on how cities are shaped. The automated vehicle is widely seen as a new disruptive technology that can significantly alter city form and streets. It is argued that the presumed efficiency and safety benefits of Autonomous Vehicles do not necessarily translate into good urban environment. Rather, it could reinforce and exaggerate any of the pitfalls of current urban planning norms. As a part of a transdisciplinary collaborative project, she will develop and evaluate design scenarios in order to understand to what extent and under which conditions AVs can contribute to sought-after urban qualities such as sustainability, walkability and liveability in a high-density tropical city like Singapore.

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What do you do?

Tanvi Maheshwari also used Esri City Engine, an advanced 3D city design application for creating, editing and sharing digital 3D building models to effectively model Singapore’s streets. This allows her to analyse the demand for cycling infrastructure and identify variables—such as safety and comfort of cycling—that would make people prefer cycling more.

What did you study?

Tanvi trained as an architect in School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, before obtaining her Masters degree in urban design from University of California, Berkeley