The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is an interdisciplinary research institute focusing on the science of cities. It is part of the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL.
The centre was established in 1995 to lead the development of a science of cities drawing upon methods and ideas in modelling, sensing the urban environment, visualisation and computation.
It seeks to examine and offer solutions to the problems of resource efficiency and effective planning and governance shared by all cities. Our vision is to play a central role in the science of smart cities applying it to city planning, policy and architecture in the pursuit of making our cities better places to live.
Based in Bloomsbury, London is our living laboratory and as one of the world’s truly global metropolises there is nowhere better for learning about the challenges confronting modern cities.
CASA has established a concentration of academics with a wide breadth of expertise from a range of disciplines, all with a common domain knowledge in cities.
CASA's focus is to be at the forefront of what is one of the grand challenges of 21st Century science: to build a science of cities from a multidisciplinary base, drawing on cutting edge methods, and ideas in modeling, complexity, visualisation and computation.
Our current mix of architects, geographers, mathematicians, physicists, archaeologists and computer scientists make CASA a unique department within UCL.
Our vision is to be central to this new science, the science of smart cities, and relate it to city planning, policy and architecture in its widest sense.
The focus is on advancing the state of the art through research complemented by graduate study, undergraduate teaching, consultancy and distance learning.
CASA is physically located at 90 Tottenham Court Road where all of our research is carried out. Our research groups are seated in close proximity to each other in an open plan office, where we also accommodate our MPhil/PhD and MRes students.