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Indicator modelling and interactive visualisation for urban sustainability assessment.

Falconer, Ruth E.; Isaacs, John P.; Gilmour, Daniel; Blackwood, David J.


Ruth E. Falconer

John P. Isaacs

Daniel Gilmour

David J. Blackwood


This chapter presents a novel framework for the integration of the principles of sustainable development within the urban design processes. The framework recognises that decision making for sustainable urban planning is a challenging process: requiring an understanding of the complex interactions amongst environmental, economic, and social issues. Methodologies are required that would support non-experts to become more involved in the urban design process. Towards this, the authors develop an indicator modelling and visualisation tool which comprises 1) indicator selection, 2) modelling techniques that allow spatio-temporal prediction of indicators, 3) interactive 3D virtual world where visualisation techniques are used to present indicator information overlaying the virtual world to facilitate effective communication with a wide range of stakeholders. The sustainability modelling and 3D visualisations are shown to have the potential to enhance community engagement within the planning process, thus enhancing public acceptance and participation within the urban or rural development project.

Publication Date Jan 23, 2018
Publisher IGI Global
Pages 486-508
Book Title E-planning and collaboration: concepts, methodologies, tool and applications, volume 1.
Chapter Number Chapter 23
ISBN 9781522556466
Institution Citation FALCONER, R.E., ISAACS, J.P., GILMOUR, D. and BLACKWOOD, D.J. Indicator modelling and interactive visualisation for urban sustainability assessment. In Information Resources Management Association (ed.) E-planning and collaboration: concepts, methodologies, tools and applications. Hershey: IGI Global [online], volume 1, pages 486-508. Available from:
Keywords Sustainable development; Urban design processes; Methodologies; Sustainablity modelling; 3D visualisation


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