In today’s urban planning, calculated maps are used for noise and air pollution, whose constrained and abstract information content limits usage. We want to develop a better tool, which through visualization and auralization (sound simulation) can provide greater understanding of the impact of various factors in sustainable urban development. A special challenge in visualization is how to display several types of parameters at the same time and how to use symbolism and photorealism in the same urban model. The objective of the project is to develop a virtual planning and scenario analysis demonstration in which the user can move in a visual and auditory 3D environment with added visualization of selected factors, primarily noise levels, NOx, particles (PM10) and CO2 emissions, but in the long term, also be able to handle other factors such as transport efficiency, safety, socioeconomic effects and comfort values such as wind, solar and temperature. To the noise level, we plan to connect health effects, such as increased risk of hypertension or sleep disturbance. Target groups are decision makers and other users in urban planning as well as citizens in general.
Relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
The UN Goal for Sustainable Cities and Communities (Goal 11) is central to the planned project, primarily as regards the reduced environmental impact and access to safe, inclusive and accessible green spaces and public places. The planning tool can, on longer term, help to “enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management”. On a more higher level, the project can contribute to Goals: (7) Affordable and clean energy; (9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; and (13) Climate Change.