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About ur-scape

Background

ur-scape is a visual and interactive planning support tool. It integrates data at multiple scales to support efforts to make more sustainable and resilient cities and regions. It is designed for rapidly urbanising areas where data is often difficult to access and uneven in quality, and where development needs are especially urgent and challenging.

ur-scape was developed by the Urban-Rural Systems (URS) team at Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), and is supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Pilot implementation of the ur-scape tool is supported by the municipal planning authorities of the city of Bandung, the Indonesian Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning (MASP), and the Bauhaus Weimar University. Further piloting exercises will be conducted in the cities of Palembang and Makassar.

Contour Tool

The contour tool demarcates areas where one or more data sets intersect. This is useful for narrowing criteria for specific planning purposes such as site selection, optimising development areas, or developing regional resilience strategies.

 

 

[Sample Preview] Human Vulnerability. This example maps vulnerable settlements in the city of Palembang, Indonesia as defined by two parameters: socio-economic impoverishment and risk of flooding.

Reachability Tool

The reachability tool generates time-based travel maps on the fly, taking into considering three transport modes: car, motorbike and walking. It includes a function to add ‘new roads’, whereby users may create links within existing transport networks in order to make simple studies on reachability.

 

 

[Sample Preview] Healthcare Accessibility. This example shows the extent of settlements and activity centers whose populations have good access to general hospitals.

Planning Tool

The planning tool allows users to construct hypothetical planning scenarios and study trade-off decisions by combining a range of building typologies from an existing option menu. The scenario outcomes visualise the following indicators: population, crop production, green cover, gross floor area and construction cost.

 

 

[Sample Preview] Part 1: Identifying potential development areas. This first step uses the contour tool to identify potential development areas where the planning tool can subsequently explore.

 

 

[Sample Preview] Part 2: Exploring planning development scenarios. Multiple typologies are tried and tested within a potential development area.