Claudia van der Laag (formerly Yamu) is an architect and urban planner. She is an expert on transport land use planning including people's behaviour in cities applying a wide-range of analytical techniques including method and tool development at the forefront of virtual modelling. As a former project consultant she excels in combining the theoretical innovations with practice-oriented solutions and has been involved in numerous international projects. Claudia was awarded the prestigious Michael Breheny Prize in 2015 for her work on multiscale, multifractal urban planning models. She is an editorial board member for Springer’s The Urban Book Series and has been a reviewer for national research funding agencies in Europe and the Middle East. She holds a PhD in Architecture from TU Wien connecting architecture, urban planning and computer science and a PhD in Geography and Regional Planning in complexity-based modelling from Université de Franche-Comté. She dedicates her work to the development of sustainable cities and regions.
Expertise: urban informatics, space syntax, geometric fractal models, digital twins, mixed methods, transport land use planning, socio-economic processes, people's behaviour in cities, decision support, civic engagement.
Topics: sustainable cities, walkable cities, smart cities, fractal cities, urban morphogenesis, urban policies
Enhancing networking activities in the smart and resilient urban and regional development using data analytics and optimization tools in a data-rich environment.
Garau, Chiara; Annunziata, Alfonso; Yamu, Claudia Hedwig; D`Orlando, Dario; Giuman, Marco (2023). Investigating the socio-spatial logic of historic urban areas through space syntax. A comparative analysis of the Roman towns Cosa, Nora, Timgad and Thuburbo Majus. Tema. Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment .
Quek, Hou Yee; Sielker, Franziska; Akroyd, Jethro; Bhave, Amit; von Richthofen, Aurel; Herthogs, Pieter; Yamu, Claudia; Wan, Lin; Nochta, Timea; Burgess, Gemma; Lim, Mei Qi; Mosbach, Sebastian; Kraft, Markus (2023). The conundrum in smart city governance: Interoperability and compatibility in an ever-growing ecosystem of digital twins. Data & Policy. Vol. 5.
Soares, Isabelle; Van Quoc, Thai; Yamu, Claudia Hedwig; Weitkamp, Gerd (2022). Socio-spatial aspects of creativity and their role in the planning and design of university campuses`public spaces: A practitioners`perspective. Data & Policy. Vol. 4.
Yamu, Claudia Hedwig; Garau, Chiara (2022). The 15-min city: a configurational approach for understanding the spatial, economic, and congnitive context of walkability in Vienna. Gervasi, Osvaldo; Murgante, Beniamino; Misra, Sanjay; Rocha, Ana Maria A.C.; Garau, Chiara (Ed.). Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2022 Workshops, Part 1. 26. p. 387-404. Springer.
Sahoo, Somadutta; van Stralen, Joost; Zuidema, Christian; Sijm, Jos; Yamu, Claudia; Faaij, Andre PC (2021). Regionalization of a national integrated energy system: A case study of the northern Netherlands. Applied Energy .
Soares, Isabelle; Venhost, Viktor; Weitkamp, Gerd; Yamu, Claudia (2021). The impact of the built environment on creativity in public spaces of Dutch university campuses and science parks. Journal of Urban Design .
Gusatu, Laura Florentina; Menegon, Stefano; Depellegrin, Daniel; Zuidema, Christian; Faaij, André; Yamu, Claudia (2021). Spatial and temporal analysis of cumulative environmental effects of offshore wind farms in the North Sea basin. Scientific Reports .
Yamu, Claudia; van Nes, Akkelies; Garau, Chiara
Bill Hillier’s legacy: Space syntax—a synopsis of basic concepts, measures, and empirical application.
Hidayati, Isti; Tan, Wendy Guan Zhen; Yamu, Claudia
Conceptualizing Mobility Inequality: Mobility and Accessibility for the Marginalized.
Journal of planning literature
Hidayati, Isti; Yamu, Claudia; Tan, Wendy; Holzhacker, R L
Understanding Mobility Inequality in Jakarta with Space Syntax.
Tan, Wendy; Holzhacker, R L (Ed.).
Challenges of Governance: Development and Regional Integration in Southeast Asia and ASEAN. 9. p. 183-206.
van Nes, Akkelies; Yamu, Claudia (2021). Introduction to Space Syntax in Urban Studies. ISBN: 978-3-030-59139-7. 267 p. Springer.
van der Laag Yamu, Claudia (2023). Book review: Virtual Reality Methods. A Guide for Researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie .
Yamu, Claudia; Tan, Wendy; Sielker, Franziska (2023). Demystifying urban digital twins: Evaluating the case of Herrenberg through the lens of the Gemini and FAIR data principles. Wan, Li; Nochta, Timea; Tang, Junqing; Schooling, Jennifer (Ed.). Digital Twins for Smart Cities. Conceptualisation, challenges and practices. 5.1. p. 31-41. ICE Publishing.
van Nes, Akkelies; Yamu, Claudia; Mohammed, Abdelbasseer; Song, Chunyan (2020). Depthmap manual for Dummies (..or for those of us with limited computer knowledge…) - version 20 https://github.com/SpaceGroupUCL/depthmapX.
Soares, Isabelle; Yamu, Claudia; Weitkamp, Gerd (2019). Space syntax and volunteered geographic information for university campus planning and design: Evidence from the Netherlands, Zernike Campus Groningen. 12th International Space Syntax Symposium Beijing. Beijing JiaoTong University.
Dembski, Fabian; Wössner, Uwe; Yamu, Claudia (2019). Digital twin, virtual reality and space syntax: Civi engagement and decision support for smart, sustainable cities. 12th International Space Syntax Symposium Beijing. Beijing JiaoTong University.
Yamu, Claudia; van Nes, Akkelies (2019). Fractal urban models and their potential for sustainable mobility. 12th International Space Syntax Symposium. Beijing Jiaotong University.
Hidayati, Isti; Yamu, Claudia; Tan, Wendy
How neglecting walking increases socio-economic inequalities impeding urban sustainable mobility: Insights from Jakarta.
12th International Space Syntax Symposium Beijing.
Weitkamp, Gerd; Yamu, Claudia Hedwig (2018). Using interactive 3D models in virtual reality for urban planning and design. SAM 2018 – International Conference Spatial Analysis and Modeling. University of Tokyo.
Yamu, Claudia Hedwig (2018). A multiscale, multifractal simulation model for urban planning. SAM 2018 – International Conference Spatial Analysis and Modeling. University of Tokyo.
Yamu, Claudia Hedwig; Voigt, Andreas (2016). Paths to the City of the Future. Scheuvens, Rudolf (Ed.). TU Wien Festschrift, Fakultät für Architektur and Raumplanung. Band 7. chapter.