GIS-based analysis uncovers the diversity of our suburbs

The Towards Successful Suburban Centres project, based at UCL, is one of several academic projects that are integrating socio-economic data with information about the layout of urban areas. Dr Muki Haklay is a senior lecturer in Geographic Information Science in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London, and the director of UCL Chorley Institute – an interdisciplinary research centre working to
‘spatially enable’ research.

Rome can be (re)built in a day...

CityEngine, a procedure-based 3D city creation system capable of generating
large urban environments ‘10 times faster than previous solutions’, is making waves across the digital design community.

3D modelling above and below ground

Access to a growing volume of data and an enviable toolkit is helping surveyors to compile an accurate picture of development sites – both below and above ground. There have been great technological advances in the surveying equipment available over the last 10 years.

Understanding, describing and communicating ‘place’

As urban designers move to embrace evidence-based modelling tools and analysis techniques, these moves mean that common ground is at last developing between the goals of urban designers – good public space that works for people – and what transport planners are trying to achieve, which is sustainable and integrated transport solutions

Bringing the European 3D community together

The 2009 IMAGINA European 3D Community Event and awards, to be held in Monaco in February, brings together 3D experts and solutions from across Europe to present the latest thinking in 3D visualisation and simulation. The Architecture and Urbanism sector is the fastest growing sector, reflecting the popularity of 3D visualisation and the increasing range of products and applications in use.

The future of spatial information

The future of spatial information
Spatial information will become increasingly important to anyone with a conscious interest in ‘place’, says Chris Holcroft