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The Role of Procedural Cities in the Future of Planning: An Integrated Method

Roumpani, Flora; (2019) The Role of Procedural Cities in the Future of Planning: An Integrated Method. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

The term Procedural Cities derives from the concept of procedural modeling; a set of techniques which allows the generation of digital 3D geometries using a set of rules. Currently, planning policies are formed in text and plans. There is a disconnect between the planning policy document, urban analytics and the design proposal model that has to comply with it. At the same time, spatial data analysis is requiring increasingly advanced skills and there is a need for an evaluation tool for the “nonexperts” of the field. The main research question of this thesis is whether a range of visual and urban modelling techniques could be used to help inform and evaluate urban planning scenarios in a comprehensive way. The term Procedural Cities in this thesis, derives from the concept of procedural modeling; a set of techniques which allows the generation of digital 3D geometries using a set of rules. This thesis aims to explore the possibilities of this characteristic by developing a framework which will enable the generation of different urban planning scenarios through a range of urban modelling techniques and allow the distribution of procedural models online. The methodology in this thesis presented of a process of integrating new technological tools to achieve procedures within a cross-disciplinary era. This hypothesis is explored through a set of diverse case studies that will gradually integrate different layers of simulations and data. Through the use of new visualization techniques, such as 3D “what if” scenarios and augmented reality, the research focuses on developing engaging tools for the urban planner and in extension engaging the public around issues concerning the city’s complexity by allowing them to interact with visualized models which view the urban environment in both micro and macro scale.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: The Role of Procedural Cities in the Future of Planning: An Integrated Method
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10067201
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