The 21st century has seen unprecedented technological advances and an explosion of data available about our built environment and the people that inhabit it.
Some industries have already begun reaping the benefits of mining datasets to develop innovative ways of saving money and improving products. However, little has been done to explore the merits of using such data and new technology for planning and design processes.
This paper identifies the main approaches to working with data for architects, urban designers and planners. Implications for current practice are discussed and analysed and it makes recommendations to the Government to pave the way to designing with data.