K2vi – UD: INTEGRATING VIRTUAL REALITY, ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS AND CULTURAL DATA FOR URBAN DESIGN

  • YEAR
    2001
  • AUTHORS
    Moloney, Jules
    Van Maren, Gert
  • CATEGORIES
    2001 Conference Papers

Extract

K2vi virtual reality software was originally developed and built by the departments of Geodesy and
Technical Informatics of the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. It is being further developed for
commercial applications in a joint venture with Asset Information Systems in New Zealand. The original
aim of K2-vi was to integrate GIS, CAD, video and VR in such way that the whole process of design
planning could be supported by one data representation system. The School of Architecture at the
University of Auckland is preparing guidelines for the application of K2-vi for Urban Design that takes
advantage of this approach. K2vi at present enables real time evaluation of form and space and the
incorporation of GIS data such as land use and transport infrastructure. What is missing from this data mix
in terms of urban design are environmental aspects (noise, wind, sunlight) and cultural issues such as
sites of historic importance. The potential for K2vi to encorporate these additional modules is outlined.
Given the range of considerations, these are presented here as brief notes in order to stimulate further
work and possible collaboration in realising this additional functionality. The aim is to specify an urban
design extension for K2vi to enable usage at the sketch design stage. To this end the focus is on
‘broadbrush’ feedback to enable a range of urban design considerations to be ascertained as physical
form is manipulated.

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