Stephen Law studied economics in Canada and urban design in the UK. His research interest focuses on the intersection of two, both in consultancy at Space Syntax Limited and his doctoral research in UCL examining the economic value of spatial networks through the London housing market.


Stephens research proposal aims to answer the following research question: “What is the economic value of urban design?” Recent advances in citizen science and geo-data computation, present the possibility of analysing the collective perception of urban design with large volumes of crowd-source data and machine learning techniques. This research therefore proposes a novel approach for collecting and measuring the perception of urban design and in retrieving its economic value. To facilitate this objective, the vision and the ambition of the research is to build an open source toolkit known as the “Urban-Value Toolkit” where future urban design projects can be evaluated.