Visualizing urban development: improved planning & communication with 3D interactive visualizations

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dc.contributor.author Albracht, Ryan
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-22T18:18:14Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-22T18:18:14Z
dc.date.issued 2016-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/32631
dc.description.abstract 3D interactive visualizations can communicate complex urban design ideas to communities to improve planning (Bertol & Foell, 1997; Bishop et al., 2008; Griffon et al., 2011; Lange & Bishop, 2005). Unfortunately, many landscape architects, urban designers, and city planners currently re-frame from using such gaming technology capable of creating 3D interactive visualizations (Deane, 2015a). Many firms use verbal descriptions with images. This method is insufficient for facilitating feedback (Bratteteig & Wagner, 2010; Gordon, et al, 2010; Stakeholder Engagement, 2009; Zhang, 2004). According to Lange and Bishop (2005) there is no reason why real-time visualizations should not be used in urban design. Design fields will be moving toward procedural modeling software that is code-based to quickly model urban development (Flachbart & Weibel, 2005). However, this type of software, i.e., ESRI CityEngine, is only being used by approximately 10% of firms (Deane, 2015a). This paper is one of the first to analyze how ESRI CityEngine can be used and improved to support the workflow of landscape architects, urban designers, and planners for urban development projects. The project explored ESRI CityEngine’s procedural modeling and metric capabilities, and how it could be used to visualize a proposed Urban Core Residential District in Manhattan, Kansas. This process involved applying CGA (computer generated architecture) rules to GIS data, to model trees, streetscapes, landscapes, and buildings. Visuals that were produced include a CityEngine Web Scene and a Unity game. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject ESRI CityEngine en_US
dc.subject Procedural modeling en_US
dc.subject 3D visualization en_US
dc.subject Urban design en_US
dc.subject Community engagement en_US
dc.subject Virtual reality en_US
dc.title Visualizing urban development: improved planning & communication with 3D interactive visualizations en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Brent Chamberlain en_US
dc.date.published 2016 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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