IDEASS: Integrative Data-Enabled Approaches to Sustainability across Scales
Research project funded by the NSERC Strategic Project Grants Program
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Journal Articles:


Girling, C., Senbel, M., Kellett, R., (2015) “Effects of visualizations and information rich public engagement in planning for energy and emissions”. Journal of Architecture and Planning Research (in press).


Senbel, M., Giratallah, W., Zhang, K. and Kissinger, M. (2014). “Compact Development without transit: GHG emissions from three versions of high-density residential neighbourhoods in Vancouver”. Environment and Planning A. (in press)


Kellett, R., Christen, A., Coops, N. C., van der Laan, M., Crawford, B. R., Tooke, T. R., Olchovski, I. (2013) “A systems approach to carbon cycling and emissions at an urban neighbourhood scale.” Landscape and Urban Planning, 110:43-58, 2013

Nepal, M., Staub-French, S., Pottinger, R., and Zhang, J. (2013) “Ontology-based feature modeling for construction knowledge extraction from a Building Information Model.” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (in press).

Senbel, M., Girling, C., White, J. T., Chan, P., and Kellett, R. (2013) “Precedents reconceived: Urban design learning catalysed through data-rich 3-d models.” Design Studies, 34: 74-92, 2013.

Senbel, M., van der Laan, M., Kellett R., Girling, C., Stuart J. (2013) “Can form based code help reduce municipal GHG emissions in small towns? The case of Revelstoke, British Columbia.” Canadian Journal of Urban Research. (in press).


Nepal, M., Staub-French, S., Pottinger, R., and Webster, A. (2012) “Towards Automated Extraction and Querying Of Construction-Specific Design Features from a Building Information Model (BIM).” Advanced Engineering Informatics, 26 (4), 904–923.

Conference Papers:


Cavka, H. and Staub-French, S. (2013). “Case Study of BIM Handover to Support Building Operations” Proceedings of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers Annual Conference, Montreal, May 29-June 1.

Christen A., Johnson M., Molodovskaya M., Kelter R., Nesic N., Crawford B., van der Laan M. (2013) Integral emission factors for methane determined using urban flux measurements and local-scale inverse models. European Geosciences Union. Vienna, Austria, April 7-12, 2013.

Poirier, E., Staub-French, S. and Forgues, D. (2013). “BIM adoption and implementation within a mechanical contracting firm.” Proceedings of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers Annual Conference, Montreal, May 29-June 1.


Christen A., van der Laan M., Kellett R., Tooke T.R. (2012) Context sensitive scaling of energy use simulations from individual buildings to cities. 8th International Conference on Urban Climate. Dublin, Ireland, August 6-10, 2012

Guenther, J., Sheldon, T., and Senbel, M. “Public Decision Making, Land-use design and Visualization tools”. Paper presented at annual Canadian Institute of Planners Conference in Banff, Alberta, October 2012.

van der Laan, M., Kellett R., Senbel, M., Girling, C., Su, T., Booth, K. (2013) A Collaborative Multi-touch, Multi-Display, Urban Futures Tool. Simulation in Architecture and Urban Design.

Short Papers:


Ronald Kellett, Kellogg Booth, Narges Mahyar, “Collaboration Technology for Stakeholder Engagement in Urban Planning”, Information Technology and City Life Workshop, CSCW 2015, March 14-16, 2015.

Technical Reports and White Papers:


Senbel, M. and Lesnikowski, A. (forthcoming 2014). Neighbourhoods engaged in climate change planning: where urban design meets public engagement. Canadian Cities in Transition. Eds. Pierre Filion, Tara Vinodrai, Ryan Walker, Markus Moos. Oxford University Press.


Barron, S, TR Tooke, S Cote, SRJ Sheppard, R Kellett, K Zhang, L Holy, M Sherriff, M van der Laan (2013). An Illustrated Guide to Community Energy. The Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP).

McCunn, L. (2013). Psychological Contributions to Understanding the Role of Visualization in Urban, Planning-Related Decision Making. Minor Candidacy Exam. Department of Psychology, University of Victoria.


Amiri, H. (2012). Building Information Modeling (BIM) for construction applications: formwork installation and quantity takeoff. MASc Thesis, University of British Columbia.

Fedoruk, L., Miller, D. van der Laan, M. (2012). Integrative Data-Enabled Approaches to Sustainability Across Scales: CIRS Retrospective.

Miller, D. (2012). Regenerative Design: An exploration of practice process and the role of planners. M.A (Planning) Project.

van der Laan, M. (2012) Finding Connections Towards a Holistic View of City Systems. October 10-11, University of Toronto.

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