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|Title: ||Enhancing urban sustainability through novel visualisation|
|Authors: ||Gilmour, Daniel J.|
Falconer, Ruth E.
Blackwood, David J.
Isaacs, John P.
|Affiliation: ||University of Abertay Dundee. School of Contemporary Sciences|
Comparative urban sustainability
|Issue Date: ||2009|
|Publisher: ||Loughborough University|
|Type: ||Conference Paper|
|Rights: ||This is the published version of this article. Reproduced by permission of the publisher. Published version (c)SUE-MoT, available from http://www.sue-mot.org/conference/downloads/|
|Citation: ||Gilmour, D., et al. 2009. Enhancing urban sustainability through novel visualisation. In: M. Horner, et al. eds. 2009. Second International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment, 22-24 April 2009, Loughborough, UK. Loughborough : Loughborough University. [online]. Available from: http://www.sue-mot.org/conference/downloads/|
|Abstract: ||Sustainable decision making in Urban Design is a complex process that requires the interaction of a wide
variety of stakeholders. The engagement of a range of stakeholders throughout the decision making process
presents challenges including the need to communicate the complex and interdependent facets of
sustainability and the need to demonstrate the short and long term implications of alternative courses of
This paper presents the results of an initial application of a prototype simulation and visualisation tool
(S-City VT) that was developed to enable all stakeholders, regardless of background or experience, to
understand, interact with and influence decisions made on the sustainability of urban design. S-City VT
takes the unique approach of combining computer game technology with computer modelling to present
stakeholders with an interactive virtual development. The paper uses the Dundee Central Waterfront
Development Project as a case study to evaluate the potential for the application of the tool and explains
how parallel research work on the implementation of a sustainability enhancement framework for the
Central Waterfront Development has informed the choice of sustainability indictors and identified the key
stakeholders in the decision making processes.
The paper shows how stakeholders can be presented with the outputs from the model using a 3D visualisation
of the development and thus enables judgements to be made on the relative sustainability of
aspects of the development. The visualisation tool employs a number of different methods of displaying
the sustainability results to the stakeholders. These methods can show data in varying levels of complexity,
depending on the expertise of the stakeholder, empowering all stakeholders by illustrating possible interactions
between indicator values and sustainability and by showing how different stakeholder perceptions
of the importance of the indicators can influence the sustainability assessment.
Initial tests on the effectiveness of the different visualisation methods in displaying the model output to
communicate the sustainability of the Development are described. The results of the tests and presented
and discussed and conclusions are drawn on the further development and application of the tool to model
and visualise through time the possible results of decisions made at different stages of the project.|
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