Urban Information Modeling Platform

This is a Final Project presentation for the Urban Information Modeling class at the Illinois Institute of Illinois. Both authors were interested in an interactive platform to view and create 3D building models. Originally, it was just meant to be another way for citizens to take part in the modeling of their cities in the United States and eventually across the globe.

As the project evolved, increased user participation and the integration of 2D geographic information became key elements. The capability to break down users into subgroups and allowing them to edit models on top of uploading originals was significant. Attached is the presentation with a complete outline of how the platform would be organized and displayed.

Urban – to – Urban Migration through Recession !!!

There’s obviously a lot of talk about the rural-to-urban shift that’s underway in countries all over the world. The majority of people now live in urban areas, and that’s not expected to change. But many countries have had urban majorities for decades. The United States, for example, has an urban population near 80 percent. So while there’s certainly some rural-to-urban migration happening, most of the movement in the U.S. is urban-to-urban.


Energy Mapping

Earlier this month the Modi Research Group launched their project mapping project of New York City Energy Consumption. Presented by Professor Vijay Modi and PhD student Bianca Howard of Columbia University at the NorthEast Clean Heat and Power Initiative conference the interactive map represents the total annual building energy consumption at the block level and at a tax lot level for New York city expressed in kilowatt hours. This is static representation of data that will be used by New York City planners to make future energy policy under the Mayor Bloomberg.


The map was made using a MapBox an online service to create the interactive mapping projects. As I try to take the idea of the New York Map and reactivate it by being linked to real time data for the City of Chicago. Does a block by block map of energy become useful to fight our energy consumption and is MapBox a good solution to create interesting interactive user interfaces to display data?


Project 1: Case Study

The first project this semester is a short case study presentation on a matter relevant to Urban Information Modeling.  Consider the presentation from last week which introduced projects, software, hardware, standards, cities, etc.  Select from something you saw or something new you have discovered.

Please bear in mind that this is not necessarily the same as the type of project you are going to do.   However they might be related some how or another in the end.  For example, you may do a case study on a standard such as cityGML, and you might decide to use it to help organize a custom data structure for your project.  Another example would be to select a city, almost any major city will have one or more examples (like those in recent lecture) of projects or initiatives to model the city.  Topics may be historic, contemporary or progressive in nature.

Potential topics

Please select a topic and prepare a 5-10 min presentation which explains the problem and solution spaces pertinent to the topic.  You may work in small groups, in which case multiply the length above by the number in your group to determine adequate length.

Due for presentation in class 2/10/2012