Visibility Analysis for 3D Urban Environments Research development and practical application

Anastasia Koltsova, Bige Tunçer, Gerhard Schmitt

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Abstract

This paper presents a visibility analysis tool for 3D urban environments and its possible applications for urban design practice. Literature exists for performing visibility analysis using various methods and techniques, however, tools that result from such research are generally not suitable for use by designers in practice. Our visibility analysis tool resides in Grasshopper, Rhino. It uses a ray casting method to analyze the visibility of façade surfaces from a given vantage point, and of a given urban setting, in particular, buildings and roads. The latter analysis provides information on the best visible buildings/ building facades from segments of roads. We established a collaboration with a practicing architect to work on a design competition together, using this tool. The paper elaborates on the visibility analysis methods, presents the tool in detail, discusses the results of our joint work on the competition, and briefly reflects on the evaluation of the use of the tool by design practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputation and Performance
EditorsRudi Stouffs, Sevil Sariyildiz
PublishereCAADe and CVUT, Faculty of Architecture
Pages375-383
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9789491207051
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event31st International Conference on Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2013 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 18 Sept 201320 Sept 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Volume2
ISSN (Print)2684-1843

Conference

Conference31st International Conference on Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2013
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period18/09/1320/09/13

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2013, Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • design practice
  • pedestrian design
  • urban space quality
  • Visibility analysis

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