Imaginary Cities – Fantasy Architecture

Virtual London allows developers to add and remove changes to the skyline. All well and good but due to issues, often political, its not possible to place these skyline changes online. As such an outlet is needed whereby proposals could be viewed without any politically sensitive views interfering with the models.

What therefore is needed is a 3D city which does not relate to the actual city – an Imaginary Virtual City? This goes back to some extent to our old research work of ’30 Days in ActiveWorlds’ where a Virtual Town developed, built by 100+ people using 80,0000 objects over a period of a month. It also dips into the ‘Shared Architecture’ work, allowing people to send in photos of their favorite building to be modeled.

We are proposing a city built in 3DMax of nondescript streets whereby each new building can be added and the city re-rendered – some images of which can be seen below.


Users can send in either 3D models or hand sketches of drawings they would like to see built and we will place them in the city.


Users could also specify on which block of the city they would like to see their building developed – creating a simple real estate structure and a basis on which to map the cities growth.


If anyone wants to send in either a 3D model or simply a sketch of a building they would like to see we will add it to the city. Full credit will of course be included.

Author Bio

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


  1. Anonymous - January 23, 2006

    Hi, is this project over yet? If not, how would I get involved, and how good at 3D modelling woud I have to be?

  2. Anonymous - February 4, 2006

    how can i get this city of 3d buildings i realy want it it looks so kool when will be over??

  3. Anonymous - November 7, 2006

    Hmm, has anyone done Hogwart’s yet, and put it in the Scottish Highlands somewhere obscure?

  4. Chris S - March 29, 2007

    I am attempting to to create my own city as well, I have a downtown layout, and about 19 buildings so far. I am digitizing them as we speak. This project is so intruiging. Would you please keep me posted. I would like to see the progression.

  5. Anonymous - March 22, 2009

    Whats the point?

  6. Alexander - March 26, 2009

    The point my dear is an imaginary city .. why the heck do you people have to find a point in whatever you do.. noone ever looked into the point of having killed 500 soldiers in iraq…

  7. Anonymous - April 16, 2009

    very good tut tks, will be hard for texturing

  8. Anonymous - July 5, 2009

    damn that city really sucks… put some open space

  9. Anonymous - January 7, 2010

    is this over yetÉ

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