Viewpoint: City Information Modelling (CIM) and digitizing urban design practices

Stojanovski, Todor, Partanen, Jenni, Samuels, Ivor, Sanders, Paul and Peters, Christopher 2020, Viewpoint: City Information Modelling (CIM) and digitizing urban design practices, Built environment, vol. 46, no. 4, Winter, pp. 637-646, doi: 10.2148/benv.46.4.637.

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Title Viewpoint: City Information Modelling (CIM) and digitizing urban design practices
Author(s) Stojanovski, Todor
Partanen, Jenni
Samuels, Ivor
Sanders, PaulORCID iD for Sanders, Paul
Peters, Christopher
Journal name Built environment
Volume number 46
Issue number 4
Season Winter
Start page 637
End page 646
Total pages 10
Publisher Alexandrine Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2020-12-01
ISSN 0263-7960
Keyword(s) artificial intelligence (AI)
city information modelling (CIM)
design worlds
generative algorithms
urban design
Summary New developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital ubiquity bring revelations of emerging smart cities. However, urban designers are particularly reluctant to become digital and use software that automatically generates cities. Instead, they return to traditional design skills such as creating scale models, sketching, notations and drafting. There is an increasing advocacy for design to a human scale, placemaking and liveable cities. This viewpoint asks questions about the application of AI and generative algorithms in digitizing urban design practices. It reflects on the possibilities of conjoining urban morphology and design theory into City Information Modelling (CIM) as a new digital tool for urban designers and reveals challenges in the ongoing development of new CIM software. Urban designers work within intricate design worlds with toolboxes that consist of customized design elements and symbologies. The design worlds consist of elements, rules and patterns and they act as holding environments for their unique diagrammatic design knowledge. CIM and AI should understand design worlds with customized toolboxes and provide help to automate repetitive behaviour patterns while designing.
Language eng
DOI 10.2148/benv.46.4.637
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1201 Architecture
1205 Urban and Regional Planning
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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