Technologies for Urban and Spatial Planning: Virtual Cities and Territories

Technologies for Urban and Spatial Planning: Virtual Cities and Territories

Nuno Norte Pinto (The University of Manchester, UK), José António Tenedório (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal), António Pais Antunes (University of Coimbra, Portugal) and Josep Roca Cladera (Technical University of Catalonia, BarcelonaTech, Spain)
Release Date: July, 2013|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 349
ISBN13: 9781466643499|ISBN10: 1466643498|EISBN13: 9781466643505|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4349-9


Technological advancements have changed that way we think of traditional urban and spatial planning. The inclusion of conventional elements with modern technologies is allowing this field to advance at a rapid pace.

Technologies in Urban and Spatial Planning: Virtual Cities and Territories covers a multitude of newly developed hardware and software technology advancements in urban and spatial planning and architecture. This publication draws on the most current research and studies of field practitioners who offer solutions and recommendations for further growth, specifically in urban and spatial developments. Researchers, practitioners, and graduate students seeking to enhance their understanding of the latest advancements and theories will benefit greatly from this publication.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Optimization Models
  • System Dynamic Models
  • Virtual Worlds
  • Visualization Techniques
  • Web-Based Services and Planning

Reviews and Testimonials

By the end of the book, the reader will have functional appreciation of the role of ICT in spatial planning, urban modelling and simulation, acquisition of information using different sensors and model spatial processes, the use of data to create more capable visualization tools, and the use of virtual models to simulate real environments and plan and manage other aspects of the built environment such as energy. This presentation is very logical and the effort at arranging the book is highly commended. [...] This book is highly recommended for all involved in the planning of urban environments and territories for efficient functioning, as well as students of urban and spatial planning. It bridges the gap between researchers and practitioners.

– Dr. Edwin Nyirenda, Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Zambia

Planners, engineers, architects, and other contributors explore the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in urban and spatial planning, emphasizing its importance in creating virtual cities and territories. The topics include an effective link between real and virtual cities and territories in planning practice, an integrated multi-agent and cellular automata urban growth model, project outcomes and recent developments in smart sensors and barrier-free planning, an interactive visualization tool to support spatial decision processes, new developments in geographical information technology for urban and spatial planning, and the three-dimensional city model as user interface connected to an energy model.

– ProtoView Book Abstracts (formerly Book News, Inc.)

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Nuno Pinto is a Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Management at the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) of The University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Nuno is also a member of CUPS, the Centre for Urban Policy Studies, based within the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester. He is also a researcher at CPSV, the Centre for Land Policy and Valuation at the Technical University of Catalonia, Spain, where he also teaches as an invited lecturer. Nuno holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering and two MSc in planning, and he is concluding his PhD research in urban modelling at the Technical University of Catalonia. Nuno was the recipient of the Breheny Prize for the best paper in 2010 in Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, a leading academic journal in the field of urban modelling and urban planning.
José António Tenedório is a Geographer, Associate Professor at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (UNL), Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (FCSH), and Visiting Professor at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2005-2013), Barcelona, Spain. Graduated in Geography and Regional Planning (1984) at UNL-FCSH. He attended University of Paris VI-Pierre et Marie Curie, Faculty of Sciences, where he post-graduate (DESS/M.Sc. in 1991) in Remote Sensing and the University of Paris XII, Urbanism Institute, to obtained Ph.D. (1998) in Urbanism. Her main scientific area of research is Urban Remote Sensing, GIS, spatial analysis, and geographical modeling. He has published more than one hundred papers (book chapters, papers in periodic with scientific refereeing, papers in conference proceedings with scientific refereeing). In 2013 he received the (first prize) SANTANDER Award for the Internationalization of the FCSH Scientific Production 2013.
António Pais Antunes is a Professor at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the University of Coimbra and a PhD in Applied Sciences, branch Spatial Planning, from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He has been the Director of Planning of the Centro Region Development Agency in Portugal (1983-85), a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University (1997/98), an Invited Professor at EPF Lausanne (2009/10), and a Visiting Professor at MIT (2013/14). His teaching and research focus on Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering. Up to now, he has supervised 21 PhD students and authored over 200 scientific publications, including 48 articles in peer-reviewed journals. António Pais Antunes currently acts as Director of CIEC - Civil Engineering Research Center, an R&D unit of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, and as Director of the Doctoral Program in Transportation Systems of the University of Coimbra.

Josep Roca Cladera, PhD in Architecture (1982), Catedrático (1988) and Director (2011) of the Department of Architectural Technology. Director of the Centre of Land Policy and Valuations (CPSV) at the Technical University of Catalonia and founder of the Virtual City Modelling Laboratory (LMVC).Director of the Ph D program in Urban and Architectural Management and Valuation (1988) and the Master Degree (since 2006) with the same name.

Author of urban planning and land management laws for the Spanish Government and regional and locals governments, director of research projects on issues related to urban planning, land management, quality of life, sustainability, environmental and real estate valuation, GIS and 3D models for understanding the city.