Urban Prototyping is a collaborative research initiative of the School of Design and Environment (SDE) and the School of Computing (SOC) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) with the aim to develop an integrative tool for design, planning and management of the built environment in a sustainable way, based on the application of advanced technologies of Virtual Prototyping.
Urban Prototyping intends to harness the growing computing power and network capabilities as well as the increasing availability of urban metabolic data to create a collaborative environment for urban information and simulation modelling. The project focus on the development of a new and integrative platform for computer aided planning and design on urban level that is able:
Urban planning and design in Asia recently has to deal with the fastest urbanisation processes in history of mankind. Besides, the demands of sustainability are confronting planning and design of the built environment with new challenges. The dynamic and complexity of these demands are pushing the methodological boundaries of traditional planning and design approaches, asking for faster procedures, a better integration of data and of more diverse fields of knowledge, a better coordination between different planning institutions, the participation of more specialised experts in different fields, more complex results and a better control of performances. Urban Prototyping will contribute to these challenges by offering an integrative tool for computer aided planning and design on urban level.