1st Edition

The Virtual and the Real in Planning and Urban Design Perspectives, Practices and Applications

    308 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Virtual and the Real in Planning and Urban Design: Perspectives, Practices and Applications explores the merging relationship between physical and virtual spaces in planning and urban design. Technological advances such as smart sensors, interactive screens, locative media and evolving computation software have impacted the ways in which people experience, explore, interact with and create these complex spaces.

    This book draws together a broad range of interdisciplinary researchers in areas such as architecture, urban design, spatial planning, geoinformation science, computer science and psychology to introduce the theories, models, opportunities and uncertainties involved in the interplay between virtual and physical spaces. Using a wide range of international contributors, from the UK, USA, Germany, France, Switzerland, Netherlands and Japan, it provides a framework for assessing how new technology alters our perception of physical space.

    Introduction.  Part 1: Perspectives and Visions  1. New Ways of Thinking Gert de Roo and Claudia Yamu  2. From Neural Networks to the Built Environment Kenneth G. Masden II  3. Between Self-Organisation and Planning Pierre Frankhauser  4. Policy Simulators Yasushi Asami  Part 2: The Virtual  5. The Benefits of Employing Stigmergic Signals in Virtual Platforms to Inform Real World Decision-Making Sharon Wohl  6. Cognitive Computing for Urban Design Reinhard Koenig, Gerhart Schmitt and Matthisas Standfest  7. From Real to Virtual and Back Saskia Kuliga et al  8. Socio-Spatial Phenomena of Complex Spatial Systems Claudia Yamu and Akkelies van Nes  9. Innovation at the Verge Neveen Hamza and Mona Abdelwahab  10. ICT, Open Data and Future Trajectories for Urban Planning Ulysses Sengupta  Part 3: Gamification  11. Experiencing the Unfamiliar Virtually and Playfully Caspar Harteveld  12. Doing the Right Thing Tiemen Olthof and Anton Eliens  13. Enriching Civic Engagement with GeoGames Alenka Poplin, Marina Reasoner, Arindam Roy and Tim Kerkhove  Part 4: Get the Public on Board!  14. Volunteered Geographic Information System in Planning Christopher Seeger  15. Memes and Civic Self-Organisation Stephen Dobson and Arun Sukumar  16. Exploring the Qualities of GIS-Based Visual-Acoustic Simulations of Wind Parks to Support Public Opinion Forming Ulrike Wissen Hayek et al  17. X The Rods Ivanka Petrusevski and Ava Fatah Gen. Schieck


    Claudia Yamu is an Associate Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Her work employs urban analytics, digital technologies, mixed methods, evidence-based design and civic engagement. She re-addresses urban futures from a non-linear perspective, linking complexity science with urban planning. Inter alia she has been awarded with the Michael Breheny Prize (2016) for the best research paper in Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science and the Rosalind Franklin Fellow of the Year Award (2016).

    Alenka Poplin is an Assistant Professor of Geoinformation Science and GeoDesign at Iowa State University, USA and founder of the GeoGames Lab. Her research interests intersect geospatial modelling, interactive virtual geo-environments, game-based modelling and design and interaction with online mapping systems.

    Oswald Devisch is an Associate Professor in Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture and Arts, Hasselt University, Belgium. He is coordinator of the research cluster Spatial Capacity Building exploring themes such as collective learning, casual participation, autonomous transformation processes and community economies.

    Gert de Roo is a Full Professor at the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His research interests are all related to choice making regarding interventions in public space. His research focuses on non-linear development of urban space. He is editor of Planning & Complexity: Systems, Assemblages and Simulations (Ashgate 2012), A Planner’s Encounter with Complexity (Ashgate 2010), and The Role of Actors in a Fuzzy Governance Environment (Ashgate 2007).