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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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 Arcbazar.com, 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, https://mengxinli.com/ 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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Chart Your City’s Street Network To Understand Its Logic

Chart Your City’s Street Network to Understand its Logic

  • August 29, 2018

Geoff Boeing, Urban planning professor at Northeastern University, has developed a tool to visualize the consistency of a city's street network. Boeing's tool calculates what percentage of a city's roads run along each section of a compass, and plots it on a circular bar chart. A similar concept was created recently by data scientist Seth Kadish. Let us look at how the tool works on two examples - the Manhattan island and Boston. Streets on…

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5 Inventive Urban Design Concepts Proposed By Sidewalk Toronto

5 Inventive Urban Design Concepts Proposed by Sidewalk Toronto

  • August 26, 2018

City of Toronto and Sidewalk Labs joined forces in October 2017 on a project called Sidewalk Toronto. The goal of the project is to create a modern, sustainable and dynamic neighborhood on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront. The new neighborhood will be called Quayside. At a roundtable meeting on 14th and 15th of August, the leaders of the project presented some of the proposed design features to the public. Let's look at the five of the most…

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Complete Streets Design Policy In Vancouver

Complete Streets Design Policy in Vancouver

  • August 20, 2018

Over the last two decades, Vancouver has put a complete streets design principles into action and the city is already seeing the benefits. Complete streets design policy Complete streets is a transportation policy and design approach. It requires streets to be planned and operated in a way that enables safe and comfortable travel and access for all users - for those who are walking, cycling, driving automobiles, riding public transportation, or delivering goods. Complete streets design approach includes adding…

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