Enabling significant public contribution to urban redesign with open-source 3D modeling software.
Abstract: This paper explores the potential of open-source software to empower
the public to contribute persuasive streetscape redesigns that promote carfree space and
modern, comprehensive transit systems. A software plugin named Rescape that works in
conjunction with the 3D modeling program Google Sketchup was developed. Rescape is
open-source software (though Sketchup is not) that guides ... read moreusers through the process of
performing a redesign of an existing urban space of their choice. It provides custom tools,
including the ability to download and render road data for their area of choice, as well as
a variety of tools to ease the layout of useful streetscape elements such as streetcar
tracks, sidewalks, and trees that are aligned with the downloaded road data. Rescape
enables users to quickly create the foundations of a realistic site redesign model that can
then be augmented by Sketchup's built-in tools and large collection of free 3D components.
The software's ultimate goal is to help the public create and share ideas that advance
carfree urban spaces with modern rail-based transit as an alternative to the current
car-oriented allocation of public space.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Mark Chase.
Committee: Ann Rappaport.
Keywords: Urban planning, and Transportation planning.read less