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Chicago’s LakeSim Prototype Connects Planning with Scientific Models

August 14, 2013 - in Planning, Projects, Water

Rapid urbanization around the world is leading to the construction of real estate developments at a scale and pace far beyond human experience. Among these efforts is Chicago Lakeside Development, a 600-acre development on the coast of Lake Michigan on the…

FEMA Helps Integrate Hazard Mitigation in Local Planning

May 20, 2013 - in Emergency, Projects

One of the main objectives of the guide is to help community planners make the business case for mitigation. Whether part of the comprehensive plan, capital…

Dassault Systèmes Acquires Archividéo

May 1, 2013 - in Corporate, Modeling, Planning

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, a world leader in 3D design, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced…

Digital Urban Planning Starts with Common Tools

April 9, 2013 - in Planning

In Louisville, Ky., Ted Smith, chief of economic growth and innovation, is working to help his fellow government agencies meet their goals by harnessing new approaches to open data in what he calls "digital urban planning." "Traditional city planning is just…

The Disorderly Story of the Perfectly Orderly New York City Street Grid

April 6, 2013 - in Smart Cities

Manhattan was born free, but almost everywhere north of Houston Street, it is in chains. Such has been the argument of a long line of writers, critics, and ordinary New Yorkers who despise—with a vitriol nearly unique to debates about city planning—the…

Urban Greening May Reduce Crime Rates in Cities

March 27, 2013 - in Planning, Security

Urban planning is not only important to the strategic design behind a city's infrastructure, but now one study finds that the landscaping itself which emphasizes urban greening and the introduction of well-maintained vegetation, can lower the rates of certain…

What SimCity Teaches Us About Real Cities of the Future

March 7, 2013 - in Planning

The first new SimCity title in a decade, available for PCs in North America on Tuesday, can do even more to teach us about urbanism in the 21st century. The four major SimCity titles, released between 1989 and 2003, made urban planning something kids could…

The Future of Urban Planning: Interactive 3-D Visualization

February 6, 2013 - in Column, Planning

In many cases, the software used by urban planners and architects is nearly as complex as urban planning itself—especially for owners and operators of the project, who may not have design backgrounds. However, unlike the old, manual method of sorting though…

India Examines Better Urban Planning to Make Cities Safer for Women

December 28, 2012 - in Uncategorized

The recent gangrape and assault of a 23-year-old woman in the city of New Delhi has turned into a watershed moment of sorts for India. New Delhi has been rocked by massive protests with college students, housewives, working women taking to the streets, braving…

Masterplanning the Future

November 10, 2012 - in Planning, Smart Cities

As a Western architect, there are four things that strike me the most in China: the breakneck speed of the construction industry; the immense scale of urban development; the underlying confidence to make big plans; and the ambition to build new cities. It…