Indicator modelling and interactive visualisation for urban sustainability assessment

Ruth E. Falconer, John Isaacs, Daniel Gilmour, David J. Blackwood

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    This chapter presents a novel framework for the integration of the principles of sustainable development within the urban design processes. The framework recognises that decision making for sustainable urban planning is a challenging process: requiring an understanding of the complex interactions amongst environmental, economic, and social issues. Methodologies are required that would support non-experts to become more involved in the urban design process. Towards this, the authors develop an indicator modelling and visualisation tool which comprises 1) indicator selection, 2) modelling techniques that allow spatio-temporal prediction of indicators, 3) interactive 3D virtual world where visualisation techniques are used to present indicator information overlaying the virtual world to facilitate effective communication with a wide range of stakeholders. The sustainability modelling and 3D visualisations are shown to have the potential to enhance community engagement within the planning process, thus enhancing public acceptance and participation within the urban or rural development project.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEmerging issues, challenges, and opportunities in urban e-planning
    EditorsCarlos Nunes Silva
    Place of PublicationHershey
    PublisherEngineering Science Reference
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)9781466681514
    ISBN (Print)9781466681507, 1466681500
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


    • Sustainable development
    • Urban planning
    • 3D visualisations
    • Modelling
    • Public opinion
    • Urban design processes


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