Visualizing environmental data for pedestrian comfort analysis in urban planning processes
Paper in proceeding, 2017

Digital tools are being developed for involving stakeholders in urban planning and transformation processes. One challenge is how to visualize and act upon all parameters that are relevant for dealing with complex plan-ning problems, such as environmental factors. Dialogue tools involving vis-ualization can bridge the distance between planners and citizens. This paper focuses on the problem of representing invisible environmental parameters affecting the urban climate such as wind, solar radiation, air pollution and noise, in a city model. The aim of the paper is to discuss challenges for rep-resenting and communicating environmental data in city models. In this pa-per, we have accounted for literature studies; our own conceptual modelling and prototype studies in three projects; as well as a survey with 16 urban planners. We conclude with defining design criteria for dialogue tools cre-ating a comprehensible base for communication in urban transformation processes.

dialogue tools


comfort analysis

air pollution

urban planning

environmental factors

pedestrian perspective



Beata Stahre Wästberg

University of Gothenburg

Monica Billger

Chalmers, Architecture

Jens Forssén

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Applied Acoustics

Maria Holmes


Per Jonsson

Tyréns, Gothenburg

Daniel Sjölie

University of Gothenburg

Dag Wästberg

Tyréns, Gothenburg

Proceedings for CUPUM 2017 - 15th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management

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Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology


Building Futures (2010-2018)

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories

Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology

Information Science

Other Civil Engineering

Climate Research

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