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A Free SketchUp Tool To Help You Reorganize Seating Arrangements In The Post Covid-19 Workspace

A free SketchUp tool to help you reorganize seating arrangements in the post Covid-19 workspace

  • May 5, 2020

Hot off the press: We have just released a simple, free post Covid-19 design tool that can help you plan the seating layouts with the appropriate in-between distancing. The CoviDistance Calculator is implemented as a SketchUp plugin and is based on the very same technology our urban planning tool Modelur uses to detect potential design mistakes and warns you about them. You set the allowed minimum distance that needs to…

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3 Important Indices Every Urban Designer And Planner Should Know

3 Important Indices Every Urban Designer and Planner Should Know

  • April 27, 2020

1.) Floor Area Ratio Floor Area Ratio (FAR), in some countries also known as Floor Space Index (FSI) is the ratio between the sum of floor area and the size of the development plot. We can calculate it by simply dividing the total Gross Floor Area (GFA) of  all buildings and the Plot Area. GFA includes private units and common areas and is assembled from the floor area, including the…

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How Denser Cities Can Be More Liveable

How Denser Cities Can Be More Liveable

  • April 8, 2020

Today’s society is facing lots of problems when it comes to cities, such as global warming, congestion, segregation, ... We witness rapid urbanization with limited resources, therefore one of the goals of sustainable development is increasing the density of cities. It is important to note that greater density does not equal better living. If we stack a ton of people on top of each other in a multi-story building, of…

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AgiliCity Partners With Arcadis City Of 2030 Accelerator, Powered By Techstars

AgiliCity partners with Arcadis City of 2030 Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

  • March 31, 2020

AgiliCity is 1 of 10 startups chosen to participate in the 2nd year of the accelerator program at MindSpace Dam in central Amsterdam. The Arcadis City of 2030 Accelerator, powered by Techstars, began on 2 March, and will conclude with a Demo Day on 28 May 2020. AgiliCity was chosen out of hundreds of startup applicants worldwide, based on their innovative approach to the technological opportunities facing the cities of…

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Professor Imdat As On Artificial Intelligence In Architecture

Professor Imdat As on Artificial Intelligence in Architecture

  • February 24, 2020

Is Artificial Intelligence the doom of the architecture profession and design services (as some warn) or a way to improve the overall design quality of the built environment, expanding and extending design services in ways yet to be explored? Dr. Imdat As is an architect with an expertise in digital design who is an assistant professor of architecture and the co-founder of, a crowd-sourced design site. His current research on AI and…

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How Will Autonomous Vehicles Impact Cities?

How Will Autonomous Vehicles Impact Cities?

  • December 20, 2019

Illustrations by: Mengxin Li, One of the biggest autonomous cars manufacturer Tesla is creating all their newest cars with all the needed hardware for fully autonomous driving. However, Tesla is not the only one trying to bring car operation to computers. Big brands like Audi, GM, Google, Uber, are also striving the development towards autonomous driving. It is clear, that is not so distant future, humans will be just…

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How Can Using Form Factor Reduce Energy Consumption Of Buildings?

How Can Using Form Factor Reduce Energy Consumption of Buildings?

  • January 31, 2019

Energy efficiency of a building is important for several reasons. It determines the building’s value on the market. People prefer energy efficient buildings because they have lower running costs. Last, but not least, building energy efficient buildings contributes to better and more sustainable environment - for example, buildings account for 39% of CO2 emissions in the United States! Why shape affects building’s energy efficiency Heat will gradually make its way…

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Estimate A City’s Carbon Footprint With Google Maps

Estimate a city’s carbon footprint with Google maps

  • September 29, 2018

On September 10th, Google launched an online tool that can estimate the carbon footprint of a city. The tool estimates carbon emissions from all the buildings and transportation in the city. In addition, the tool evaluates the rooftop solar potential of the city buildings. The tool is called the Environmental Insights Explorer and was created in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.   The purpose of Environmental Insights Explorer is to help cities estimate their carbon…

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Data Sharing: What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

Data Sharing: What’s the Worst that Could Happen?

  • September 13, 2018

Private transportation companies gather a lot of data about transit patterns of citizens. This data could help local authorities shape good transportation policies. But once the data is in possession of the local government authorities, the data becomes public property. Anyone can request access to this data and that could create some security and privacy issues. Therefore, a policy is needed that will regulate transit data sharing. New challenges “We have a responsibility to understand what…

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Using Behavioral Sciences To Create Playable Cities

Using Behavioral Sciences to Create Playable Cities

  • September 3, 2018

The term 'playable cities' describes an urban design approach that seeks to put playfulness and entertainment in outdoor daily life activities. Playing is especially important for children. Physical activity and brain stimulation help children to stay healthy and develop skills like creativity and critical thinking. Nowadays, parents work long hours, children have school, homework and other activities. All this leaves less time for parents to take their children to playgrounds. But a proper urban design can create opportunities to play…

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