The role of design tools in smart city planning

Smart cities arise from the natural need of human beings to live in a harmonious and balanced environment.
Through the efficient use of infrastructure, technology and natural resources, these cities seek to guarantee the quality of life of their inhabitants. This generates a more sustainable production and consumption model through a circular economy where all systems work together instead of working individually.

Faced with this urgent need, landscape architects have the mission of transforming cities through the intelligent urban development and sustainable interventions.

Fortunately, breakthroughs in digital technology have developed the ability to import spatial data into the drawing file, providing the necessary context and starting point for any urban planning process.

In this sense, Lands Design provides the set of tools necessary to carry out this process, with specific features to build an accurate topographic survey and produce a terrain map, using information obtained from contour lines, DEM files or satellite images.

Image of the city of Singapor, 3D model ise imported in Lands Design
The city of Singapore: the 3D model is imported in Lands Design by one click

This ability to import the satellite map, contour lines, terrain and 3D buildings from the spatial context of the intervention area into the design file provides a key tool for any landscaping project.

This establishes a new, faster and more efficient workflow, covering all stages of the project: planning, design, and construction, resulting in a BIM model of smart objects with specific parameters and properties that can be automatically displayed in 2D or 3D.

In conclusion, the 3D modeling process and the BIM approach represent a significant and transcendental contribution to the planning and development of smart cities, being no longer an option but a real and tangible need.