Publication: Visual interactive support for cross-domain simulation and new information flows in early stage planning processes
For the development of urban areas within existing urban systems, which concentrate on sustainable ways of energy supply and therefore essential cooperative planning processes, interactive software systems holding digital city models can enable visual driven support. The offered visual support provides a communication basis for the interdisciplinary actors within these complex planning processes. Within an interdisciplinary research project a visual planning and decision support system, named the ‘URBEM-Visualization‘, has been developed. This system allows to geographically pinpoint information of urban systems within a multi-dimensional city model. Thus, it offers multi-scale and cross-domain handling of information within different calculation scenarios regarding energy supply. Based on a development area in Vienna, located at the train station “railway station Vienna West”, which offers high potential for a sustainable agglomeration and the use of built grid infrastructures, a “planning test run” is evolved. Within this planning test run, new designs of housing developments and different possibilities for the electrical and thermal energy supply related to building energy demands are evaluated, analyzed and visualized. Based on this planning test run the paper exposes how visual interactive decision support strengthens the cooperation of the interdisciplinary planning team as well as the planning process. Furthermore, this interdisciplinary consolidation facilitates a rethinking process, changing historical driven top-down planning processes. It shows how visual output of simulation data regarding energy supply networks allows the design of new feedback-loops of information flows and how this can supply decision makers in early stage planning processes.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Spaces of Dialog for Places of Dignity, Lisbon, 11-14th July, 2017
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