Architects and designers alike are a creative bunch. Ever since mankind started building, we have been looking for ways to create order in our constructions. Ancient cities already had some carefully structured urban design. But what is urban design exactly and how important is it? Let’s have a look at the concept as a whole. 

Urban design and its relationship with architecture

Architects throughout the ages have always been very aware of the (built) environment around them. These characteristics, whether natural or man-made, determine where a building must stand or how it will look and function. In contrast to building a single building at a time, some governing bodies throughout the ages ordered the construction of complete cities or city blocks. And perhaps that’s where urban design shows itself in its best way. 

What is urban design

An interdisciplinary field

Urban design might be best described as an interdisciplinary field. Besides architecture, there is also a significant amount of other environmental professionals involved. Think about: real estate developers, urban economics, political economy and social theory. All these (and undoubtedly more) disciplines are shaping cities around the world. In essence, the theory behind urban design is all about managing and designing the public environment

What is urban design‘s importance?

As we have established, urban design is a field of work that requires many different professionals to work on one single goal: creating an environment that is structured and functions according to the city planning. And as cities became more and more complicated and dependent on technology to function, urban design has become an increasingly important line of work that creates millions of jobs worldwide.

Smart cities and new urban design techniques

urban city skyline, smart city

These days, urban design is much more complicated. We live in a time where cities are becoming increasingly clogged with traffic and people, and at the same time, there is a great demand for sustainability and eco architecture. This creates interesting matters since a lot of different demands have to be met. As urban designers create new plans, making it both environmentally-friendly and pleasing to the eye is the great challenge of our time. And new challenges bring about new technologies. 

Urban designs visualized online in 3D 

As there are a great many stakeholders involved in your average urban designing project, it is very much recommended to use the available techniques that have been emerging over the last few years. Did you know that your urban designs can be shown in 3D to all different professionals involved? And even better: this is possible entirely inside your very own browser. Using Xuver as your online 3D visualization platform for your next urban design project will have the following major benefits:

  • Invite stakeholders and professionals involved directly via a browser link, no more waiting for a face-to-face meeting, everything is done online.
  • Quick meetings result in quick approval time
  • Urban design model is directly converted from source (SketchUp, Revit, ARCHICAD or IFC) and presented as an online walk-through model
  • Walking through the model with an avatar (3D figure) will enable everyone involved to understand your design in an easy and fun way. 
  • Save significantly in traveling time (and money) by not traveling back and forth to meetings. 

The future of urban design

As an architect, 3D designer, urban planner or any other professional involved in urban design, your design matters. Bringing it out into the world in an efficient and easy to understand way is more important than ever due to the high stakes involved in urban design. So using the techniques that are available to make the urban designing process quicker is not only recommended but simply necessary.

Staying ahead of the competition while working in a cost- and resource-efficient way has become increasingly important. Xuver can help you bring your 3D urban design projects to life and take your clients on a design journey. Click on the button below to start today.