One of the questions in modelling a ‘living city’ is how to combine aspects of agent based modelling for crowds, traffic simulation and 3D cities without a work flow that takes weeks and a high end graphics house.

Processing Output in Lumion

Processing Output in Lumion

Using the intriguing P5 to Max script it is possible to control 3D Max via Processing and a local server connection, this opens up a raft of possibilities for visualisation and urban scenes based on real data.

As a quick example we used the default processing P5 scene and created the clip below, it also allowed us to test the various configurations for lighting and weather in Lumion:

We will be exploring the possibilities of Processing and 3D Max further over the coming weeks…


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