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Lyndal Mackerras

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Application ref: 21/AP/3246

If our planning system was based on an integrated City Information Model, rather than thousands of individual documents, what new policies might emerge to take advantage of its capabilities? Could these new policies ensure development is more equitable? And if everyone had access to the same information in the same format, would we all finally agree on how to build our cities?

Application ref: 21/AP/3246 is an exploration of these questions, sited within the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area in Southwark. The project speculates on ways in which the emerging technology of City Information Modelling (CIM) will change the way we plan. Similarly to Building Information Modelling (BIM), where a single model seeks to encompass all of the information required for a construction project, CIM is an attempt to quantify all of the qualities of a city and represent them in a digital model.

But no matter how innovative the tools become, the process of planning will always be contested and compromising. The project takes the form of a Planning Committee meeting in three acts, set after the widespread adoption of CIM and the various policy changes which follow.


  • Lyndal Mackerras is an Australian architecture student with a particular interest in the politics of planning, especially with regards to the social implications of large-scale developments.

  • Previous degrees

  • B.Arch, University of New South Wales, 2015
  • Experiences

  • Architectural graduate, Hayball, Sydney, 2015-17; Architectural assistant, HonBriggs Design, Sydney, 2014-15; Architectural assistant, Henry Power Architecture, Sydney, 2014
  • Awards

  • Scholar of the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, 2014; Faculty of the Built Environment Dean's List Award, University of New South Wales, 2013, 2014 and 2015
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