Towards a multifunctional virtual city model

Horne, Margaret, Thompson, Emine Mine and Charlton, James (2014) Towards a multifunctional virtual city model. In: Technologies for Urban and Spatial Planning: Virtual Cities and Territories. Advances in Civil and Industrial Engineering (ACIE) . IGI Global Book, Hershey, PA, pp. 154-172. ISBN 9781466643499

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Abstract

This chapter examines the challenge of creating and sustaining a virtual city model and illustrates how
the success of such efforts may depend on strategic collaborations between multiple organizations. It
argues that a city model which is aligned to the development of the real city, to visually and analytically
assess urban planning proposals, is more likely to be regularly used, continually updated, authoritative
and sustainable in the longer term. A case study is described of Virtual NewcastleGateshead (VNG), a
collaboration between a university (Northumbria University) and two neighbouring local authorities
(Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council) in the north east of England, UK, with the aim of
developing a financially sustainable three-dimensional (3D) computer model for the purposes of urban
planning, education and research. The chapter also summarises associated research which investigates
the issues in extending the visualization capabilities of a virtual city model by exploring data interoperability issues related to 3D simulations of the performance aspects of urban spaces, including pedestrian movement, noise mapping, wind modelling and thermal comfort. It proposes that the integration of such simulations into virtual city modeling offers much scope for continued use of city models and future research. Conclusions on this collaborative, integrated approach to sustainable city modeling are included.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
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Depositing User: Emine Thompson
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2013 10:31
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2017 16:24
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/11224

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