Making data a feasible plan for area development: that is what our 3D Cityplanner does. But last year I was silent for a moment when I saw how ingenious and on what scale this software was used in South Korea. An architectural and research agency for spatial planning in Seoul had used our 3D Cityplanner to draw a million square meters of planning area: roads, landscaping, homes, hotels, offices, parking garages … Everything in proportion and harmoniously in place. The colorful overall view, in particular, was impressive. You saw the future city, in 3D, in front of you.
Fascinated by the ease
I was also fascinated by the ease with which our software was used. We usually provide one or more training courses to familiarize users with all the exciting possibilities. But our Korean partners did not need this: they went to work themselves, sometimes in ways that we, as makers, had not even thought of. The only real adjustment they needed was their own Korean character set. But that too was installed in no time.
Create a future
Our software is usually used for Dutch and British building projects of somewhat more modest size: a residential block, a street, a new neighborhood of, for example, a thousand homes. The principle is, of course, the same as in Seoul: all relevant data – from existing buildings to land use and from educational needs to environmental risks – are calculated and made transparent in the planner, after which calculators, draughtsmen, and policymakers work on it together until it becomes workable, feasible and substantiated area plan. That goes so well that it seems to be normal for me. But when I saw what they had achieved with our software in Seoul, I remembered what I sometimes forget: how you can create a future with hard data and the necessary effort.