Early-stage planning software will be used to help optimise urban development projects

Danish municipality Rødovre is to use Autodesk Spacemaker to help better visualise and optimise future urban development projects

The AI-based early-stage planning software will initially be used for three urban development projects totalling around 200,000m2. All three projects contain mostly housing, including new social housing.

“With 42,000 inhabitants in 12 km2 – an area that makes us the third smallest municipality in the country – Rødovre is one of the most densely populated areas in Denmark. This places great demands on land use, which is why we are constantly working to apply the latest and best digital solutions to our planning work,” explains the municipality’s now former city architect, Jesper Pagh, who has since moved to a position in Horsens Municipality.

“Municipal urban development is a complex process that takes place in close cooperation with politicians, developers, external consultants and other partners. Spacemaker makes it easy to visualise what is practically possible, enabling stakeholders to understand a project easier and make key decisions.

“Even though we are in the development phase, the tool provides measurable data on sun, wind and noise on the finished building, making it much easier to compare different project proposals and choose the best one.

“New housing projects in Rødovre often have to be especially mindful of noise. The Motorring 3, a major ring road, runs from north to south in Rødovre, and in addition there is a lot of traffic from the municipality’s through roads. Now we can easily measure and visualize traffic noise in a concrete way and ensure that in our new urban development projects we can better shelter citizens and users from noise, prevent health problems and provide quality of life. These are key elements of good architecture,” he adds.

Image of Rødovre town hall courtesy of Rødovre Municipality

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