Virtual cities: Let’s rethink the way we live

As a city evolves, how do you ensure you make the right decisions and meet the needs of the people? Singapore is a pioneer in creating a comprehensive virtual model of itself: a virtual city. 

Globalization, urbanization, and climate change present significant challenges to cities worldwide. In addition, with the increasing deployment of connected sensor technology, cities are rapidly growing beyond the capability of planners and city managers to manage effectively. In parallel, urban residents and visitors, accustomed to the personalized experience of the web enabled by their smart devices, have ever-higher expectations for how technology will facilitate more engaging life, work and play experiences in the urban context.

Facing the complexity of today’s urban challenges, traditional methods and techniques of urban planning and design appear outdated.  Lessons can be learned from Industry where, for decades, designers and engineers have used collaborative 3D modeling, visualization, and simulation to imagine, anticipate and test the behaviour of complex systems in the virtual world before prototypes pass into production.

“We believe that the best way to predict the future is to build it. It’s time to rethink the way we live” according to Mr. Akio Moriwaki, head of global marketing for the AEC Industry at Dassault Systèmes. Mr. Moriwaki is a member of buildingSMART.

To facilitate further conversations on how to rethink our cities, the 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM 2017 in Indonesia will focus on “The Cities of Tomorrow.”


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