Achieving The Appropriate Urban Density – Learning From Europe

Achieving the appropriate urban density – learning from Europe

  • July 14, 2018

Urban planners today aim to create compact, transit-oriented urban landscapes. In his blog post, Michael Lewyn, assistant professor at Touro Law Center in Long Island, explains that there are two options to achieve this goal. Tall buildings or ...? Many cities are facing a growing number of new residents. That means that more housing is needed. At the same time, cities should be dense enough that public transport can be efficient. One way of achieving this…

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What Does Midnight Electricity Use Tell Us About Morning Traffic Congestion?

What does midnight electricity use tell us about morning traffic congestion?

  • July 10, 2018

In their study, PhD candidate Pinchao Zhang  and assist. prof. Sean Qian show that the pattern of when electricity is used in households during the night can predict the start of morning traffic congestion better than real-time monitoring of transit. The study is based on 79 days' worth of time-of-day electricity data from 322 anonymous households in Austin. Predicting traffic congestion Predicting the beginning and duration of traffic congestion is difficult. There are many variables that…

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The Best Apps For Planners On The Go!

The Best Apps for Planners on the Go!

  • June 22, 2018

Planetizen published a list of mobile planning apps that are currently most popular among planners. They invited planners from various sectors (private, public, academia, advocacy) to participate in a survey regarding mobile planning apps. The result is a list of apps that help planners be  more effective and productive. In this article, we will concentrate on the apps that are most suitable for urban planners. Mapping Urban planning requires spatial analysis, visual presentation and…

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Modelur At AIA’18: Blueprint For Better Cities

Modelur at AIA’18: Blueprint for better cities

  • June 13, 2018

We are happy to announce that we will be presenting Modelur at this year's AIA conference.  This year's theme is "Blueprint for better cities". It’s the architecture & design event of the year! Get ready for three immersive days of what’s new and now in architecture and design, hosted in one of the most iconic cities in the world. Over three days, we’ll explore a theme that resonates with us…

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What Can Bees Teach Us About Building Better Urban Ecosystems?

What Can Bees Teach Us About Building Better Urban Ecosystems?

  • June 5, 2018

Researchers at St. Louis University discovered that cities can be a place where bees thrive. That is good news because bees are endangered and we need them. Bees are vital for reproduction of many sorts of plants. If bees disappear, the foods that we take for granted will decrease in supply and increase in price. But research shows that cities can create urban ecosystem that will support the bees' population. A Good Habitat for Bees Researchers…

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Cities Are Complex Dynamic Systems

Cities are Complex Dynamic Systems

  • May 30, 2018

Technological disruptions combined with environmental, social and economic changes are transforming the way we live. This affects the development and management of contemporary cities directly. As a consequence, our cities are facing many new challenges that need to be taken into account when planning them. Let's look at the major driving forces that direct cities' development: Economic trends Economy has a high impact on the quality of life in the…

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How Can GIS Enhance Urban Planning?

How can GIS enhance urban planning?

  • May 25, 2018

Today’s cities require complex urban plans that can be adapted quickly. Good software can ease the making and adapting of comprehensive plans. One such type of software is Geographic Information System (GIS). Let's have a look at what GIS is and how it can be used in urban planning. System that helps us visualize data It is really hard to visualize how an area looks like from a list of altitudes in a spreadsheet.…

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A 3D Model Of Boston For Better Urban Planning

A 3D Model of Boston for Better Urban Planning

  • May 22, 2018

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) wants to analyse the impact of proposed building projects on the surrounding area in the early stages of urban planning process. To achieve that, they will use a Smart 3D City Model. A Web-Based Smart 3D City Model The 3D Smart Model was developed in collaboration with the City of Boston's Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) and ESRI. The model is available for public use for free…

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Living In A Well Designed Neighborhood Protects Health Of Kids From Poor Families

Living in a Well Designed Neighborhood Protects Health of Kids From Poor Families

  • May 17, 2018

Statistic shows that poor people generally have more health issues than wealthy people. However, a recent study by UC San Francisco has uncovered that the quality of a neighborhood where people live has an impact on people's health, too. Poor children living in a good neighborhood have better health than poor children living in a run-down neighborhood. Researchers from UCSF Department of Psychiatry compared levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 338 kindergartners from families with low income. "Cortisol is a measure of biological stress arousal,…

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New Mapping Software Measures Park Access And Helps Plan Improvements

New Mapping Software Measures Park Access and Helps Plan Improvements

  • May 14, 2018

The Trust for Public Land organization wants to ensure that every person in America has access to a park or natural area within 10-minute walk from home. To achieve this goal, the Trust for Public Land teamed up with Esri, a leading GIS software company. Together they developed a mapping software named ParkServe. It measures and analyzes current access to parks in cities across the USA. Mapping Software ParkServe ParkServe is an online tool which can be…

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