Toolkit Will Help City Visualize Impact of Growth
The Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization in June 2018 completed a multiyear effort to provide a toolkit for the City of Atlanta to use to visualize the impact of growth on employment, city policies, and more.
It is among CSPAV’s growing portfolio of research and community-based projects that push the boundaries of computational data mining, spatial mapping through web services, geovisualization, and spatial representations.
The project website offers an overview of the design scenarios developed for the city and links to the three main planning tools intended for use by city staff. Documentation and reference material supplement static tutorial manuals, and a brief demonstration video showcases the capability of the tools.
The early phase deliverables include a city infrastructure database containing tangible and intangible assets, design scenarios exploring potential population and economic growth outcomes, and scenarios chosen to direct development efficiently.
The three online applications were customized to provide the most useful suite of planning tools. The apps were built using a combination of 2D and 3D geospatial and remote sensing data. They provide renderings of the current cityscape and allow users to visualize changes in the city with different planning policies.
The tools can be found on the Atlanta City Design (ACD) website, which hosts the Atlanta Interactive Design (AID), City Viewer, and City Editor applications.
The Atlanta Interactive Design application allows users to explore different growth scenarios and build-out possibilities, and view resulting statistics.
The City Viewer allows users to visualize buildings based on height, volume, growth type and texture.
The City Editor offers an editing tool for the creation, change, and visualization of potential buildings in the city.
The tools were created by Gordon Zhang, a research scientist at CSPAV and the 2017-2018 research scientists of the year in the College of Design.
Center Director Subhro Guhathakurta was principal investigator, working the Associate Director Tony Giarrusso. The Center’s IMAGINE Lab helped construct the 3D building facades.
This project showcases CSPAV research connecting cutting edge cloud solutions to traditional planning problems, and can increase productivity and availability of digital tools and location-based assets accessed through a user friendly web-based interface.