3D Urbanism: Multidisciplinary Realtime Quantitative Simulation

Ultimately designers aim is to achieve an integrated environment where – during the design process, including the early stages – the designer can generate a three-dimensional geometrical design, set up inter-related analysis and optimisation routines and receive meaningful feedback in realtime.

The movie below by ARUP is slightly ‘dry’ but it is worth a look as the concept is actually quite innovative:

3D Urbanism: multidisciplinary Realtime quantitative simulation from alvise on Vimeo.

3D Urbanism is a research project from ARUP aiming at bringing discreet quantitative analytical solutions (urban design, moving vehicles, moving people, acoustics, lighting and climate) into a unified Realtime interactive environment to demonstrate performance based design to designer, client and city planner….

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Tomasz - December 12, 2008

    Its just amazing! I was working on quantitative analysis of lighting with SketchUp+GIS, but what I see here- simultaneous visualisation of all physical factors in 3d- plus mentioned in your description ‘realtime optimization’ gives ARUPs tool a serious useful meaning. Thanks for sharing that!

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  3. Sean Doughtie - December 14, 2008

    Does anyone know what software they used to generate this?

    Sean Doughtie

  4. Tomasz - December 16, 2008

    I am almost sure that the software is their own product

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