Urban Design Visualization Project
started:information not available;
Project completed: prior to January 2002
The "Pilsen Project: Urban Design Visualization of Pilsen" was
developed through a community planning process that was jointly
led by the University of Illinois at Chicago and community leaders
in the Pilsen neighborhood. The UIC team was led by Associate
Professor Kheir Al-Kodmany, with GCUDV playing a significant role
in designing and implementing the IT tools. The purpose of the
project was to provide visualization and contextualization for
the many planning and design activities that take place in Pilsen.
Pilsen, on Chicago's Lower West Side, wished to use the tools
to monitor and plan for changes in the community. GIS was enhanced
with photographic materials, 3-D models and associated computer
techniques to enhance the planning process by aiding people's
ability to visualize the existing environment and evaluate design
Kevin Lynch's model of the urban environment was the basis for
developing the visualization tools. Lynch divides urban space
into paths, nodes, landmarks, edges, and districts. This categorization
of the urban environment proved useful for visualizing Pilsen.
For example, a web based GIS map of the Pilsen community was developed
The tools developed were used at community meetings and workshop
settings. People also had access through the Web.
further details on this project, please contact Kheir
Al-Kodmany Ph.D., Associate Professor.