Meta Berghauser Pont, Ioanna Stavroulaki, Martin Fitger (XMN Software), Zuzanna Komorowska, Lars Marcus, Selma Björklund (Chalmers innovation office)
Urban Calculator (UC) is a design support tool that integrates spatial analysis to urban design and planning process. It is based on the theory of space syntax and the GIS-based tool PST developed at KTH and Chalmers, in cooperation with Spacescape AB (open access, available at https://github.com/SMoG-Chalmers). The background of the development of UC is that architects and urban designers, generally speaking, are not familiar with GIS-software such as QGIS, ArcGIS or Mapinfo, that require specific knowledge of a software they do not use as a drawing tool. For drawing, CAD applications are often used that, however, do not support the validation of results.
UC aims to offer a stand-alone tool, easy and user-friendly, which can bridge the separate phases of the design process – from the concept formulation, to the testing of different design alternatives and evaluation of design proposals through spatial analysis. It aims to be used not only as an evaluation tool after the design, but as part of the design process, during the first explorative sketches and when the main structural choices are made; so that spatial analysis can be part of the feedback loop of the design process offering the necessary input that can inform the main design choices.
Project timeframe: 2017 –
Business model and market research 2020
Funding: Naturvårdsverket, Fusion Point (Älvstranden Utveckling AB), Center for Sustinable Urban Future Chalmers, Digital Twin Cities Centre Chalmers, Chalmers Innovation Office