ArcGIS Urban

Visualizing Uncertainty in 3D for Urban Planning

Urban planning projects — especially in long-range planning — often come with a high level of uncertainty. Getting the visualization of uncertainty right will be an essential key to effective decision-making in urban planning processes. What is currently missing are best practices on how to visualize uncertain urban planning projects in 3D.

In this article, we are exploring different 3D visualization techniques in the context of urban planning. The techniques are discussed regarding intended or unintended impacts on the perception of urban planning projects by stakeholders.

Realistic visualizations

Schematic visualizations

Are you interested to learn more, explore the different 3D visualization interactively, and contribute to best practices?

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About the author

Lisa studied Geomatics Engineering at ETH Zurich with an emphasis on GIS, Cartography and Urban Planning. In 2016, she started as an intern at the Esri R&D Center Zurich where she developed C-Through, a prototype for interactive 3D urban planning analysis based on the ArcGIS API for JavaScript. Currently, Lisa is part of the ArcGIS Urban team especially driving efforts around urban indicators.

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