OPTIMIZING URBAN SYSTEMS THROUGH DATA AND SIMULATION
FROM THE MINUTES 2018
Within the next 40 years, humans will be building no fewer than 40,000 new cities, according to Jonathan Bjerke. Could city planners and urban designers use virtual cities built on data foundations to better understand and organize their brick-and-mortar counterparts?
The short answer is yes. In leveraging AI, authorities could soon make projections and decisions based on a diverse collection of data: traffic, circuits, air conditioning, modes of mobility, public works, railway stations, demographics and more. Much of this data is currently being collected, but requires fresh and innovative interpretation strategies.
LIVELY, HEALTHY, SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES
Leading edge solutions such as Dassault’s 3D Experience convert urban data into 3D models, dynamically projecting selected variables onto virtual cities. Colour codes make variables such as demographics stand out and easy to visualize, indicating if a particular community is mostly inhabited by young families, couples without children, seniors or professionals. Simulations would also help answer questions that plague urban decision-makers: What would be the comparative impacts of this urban project, depending on the transportation mode used? What would be the benefits of various alternative approaches ?
"You could see a city as a system of systems." - Jonathan Bjerke
CITIES' LOOMING ISSUES
Today's cities :
- Comprise 3.3% of global land area
- Are home to more than half of the world’s population
- Consume nearly 75% of natural resources
- Produce 50% of global waste
- Generate about 70% of global greenhouse-gas emissions
URBAN TRANSPORTATION IN 2070
Here’s how Movin’On participants see it:
→ No more cars! City transportation needs would be fulfilled by autonomous, eco-friendly capsules that connect and platoon to efficiently move people from point to point.
→ A fairer distribution of infrastructure resources, e.g., a city would invest 50 times more for 50 people using public transit than for one person using a personal vehicle. Multimodal transportation would replace individual transportation infrastructures, moving more people at least as efficiently. Smaller roads would result, leaving more space for pedestrians, bikers, and alternate means of transportation.
→ An application that offers access to a convenient and comprehensive view of virtually all the transportation modes available at any given moment. Users could mix modes and walk, bike, use public transit, car share, etc.
→ A decluttered roadside, thanks to an advanced solution that would display traffic lights and road signs on the inside of vehicle windshields.
For a glimpse of the way urban planners of tomorrow will be looking at cities, watch the video on Dassault's virtual singapore project.