The mission toward urban sustainability requires tools for developing a vision and for monitoring change through time. For instance, representation of past, current and future places is the first medium we can work with in order to map the path toward sustainability. The launch of the university project ‘Città Studi Campus Sostenibile’ for the renewal of the campus according to sustainability principles was the occasion to use modeling as a powerful “hub” for converging and disseminating relevant information, thus supporting and fostering urban change. In this study we explore the role of urban modeling and simulation within a highly collaborative design process and introduce several applications for the sustainable campus project. In particular, we are interested in exploring the integrated use of these different techniques of modeling and simulation. For instance, urban modeling refers not only to the reconstruction of digital and physical environments, but also to the simulation of future scenarios that will impact on the campus layout. In fact, the proposed models are currently used in different ways and with different aims, like communication, participation, design (including evaluation), decision-making, education, monitoring (including archival of memories). Firstly, the model used for communication and design purposes supports sustainable practices and works as the connector between the involved stakeholders (public, institutional and private ones): for instance, in public meetings, the urban model was the basis for the debate and in some cases the accelerator of processes thanks to the power of communication and the proof of evidence given by representation. Secondly, the digital model is a collector of memories and actions and helps in monitoring and reporting changes. In this sense, the model reinforces the task of mapping the change and contributes to the measurements of traditional sustainability indicators.

The combined use of urban models to support a collaborative approach to design towards the sustainable university campus: participation, design, transformation

PIGA, BARBARA ESTER ADELE;MORELLO, EUGENIO;SIGNORELLI, VALERIO
2014

Abstract

The mission toward urban sustainability requires tools for developing a vision and for monitoring change through time. For instance, representation of past, current and future places is the first medium we can work with in order to map the path toward sustainability. The launch of the university project ‘Città Studi Campus Sostenibile’ for the renewal of the campus according to sustainability principles was the occasion to use modeling as a powerful “hub” for converging and disseminating relevant information, thus supporting and fostering urban change. In this study we explore the role of urban modeling and simulation within a highly collaborative design process and introduce several applications for the sustainable campus project. In particular, we are interested in exploring the integrated use of these different techniques of modeling and simulation. For instance, urban modeling refers not only to the reconstruction of digital and physical environments, but also to the simulation of future scenarios that will impact on the campus layout. In fact, the proposed models are currently used in different ways and with different aims, like communication, participation, design (including evaluation), decision-making, education, monitoring (including archival of memories). Firstly, the model used for communication and design purposes supports sustainable practices and works as the connector between the involved stakeholders (public, institutional and private ones): for instance, in public meetings, the urban model was the basis for the debate and in some cases the accelerator of processes thanks to the power of communication and the proof of evidence given by representation. Secondly, the digital model is a collector of memories and actions and helps in monitoring and reporting changes. In this sense, the model reinforces the task of mapping the change and contributes to the measurements of traditional sustainability indicators.
Design & Graphic Palimpsest: Dialogue, Discourse, Discussion - Proceedings of the Design Communication Conference 2014
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