02 Sep 2012 to 02 Sep 2012
The Visual City is a concept of New Zealand innovation catalyst Nextspace. Converging technologies today facilitate the building and distribution of complex virtual or 'visual' city models. Once data about the built and natural environment is ingested it can be passed to computer systems for simulation and visualisation. Software is being developed to curate this data and present it through a variety of visual metaphors. The applications for this technology are wide ranging and offer potential benefits to many fields including; urban design, infrastructure planning, emergency management, policy and resource management.
This presentation will include a live demonstration of the three-dimensional 'Digital Auckland' model. This model was built to explore urban development of the city, in particular the City Centre Master Plan for Auckland Council. This uses diagrammatic 'transformational moves' to describe potential areas of development. The base model was formed from LIDAR, aerial photographs, GIS, BIM, and other data formats. Detailed key proposals from 8 architectural firms were seamlessly integrated. The result is a highly detailed, fully interactive, real-time model, describing the form of the city 30 years into the future.