TownScope II

TownScope II logo.

Supports urban design decision-making in a "responsive environment" perspective. TownScope II combines a user-friendly graphical interface with powerful analysis tools. Thermal comfort, critical wind discomfort risk and perceptive qualities of urban open spaces can be assessed very quickly via TownScope. Additionally, the software provides an integrated multi-criteria decision module to rank various alternative proposals.

Keywords

solar energy, urban design, visual reasoning

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

No training needed (the software ships with a users manual).

Users

More than 20 EU laboratories.

Audience

Urban design researchers, teachers or professionals.

Input

Data importation and exportation facilities for exchanges with commercial softwares (DXF format) ; user-friendly graphical interface for 3D information encoding and manipulation ; triangulation algorithms for ground and other irregular surfaces easy modelling ; user-defined entities to personalize the urban database structure (GIS functionalities).

Output

Preformatted reports and visualisations (perspective & spherical projections), synthetic graphics (like stereographical projections f.i.).

Computer Platform

Windows NT/95, Pentium 233 or greater recommended, 15MB minimum disk space, 32MB RAM minimum, 64MB recommended, SVGA resolution or greater, color palette 64K colors (16bits) minimum.

Programming Language

FRANZ Allegro Common Lisp (CLOS)

Strengths

Preliminary urban design studies, early decision-making, geometrical analyses.

Weaknesses

Dimensioning, optimisation or detailed simulations are not afforded by the software.

Contact

Company:

University of Liege

Address:

15, avenue des Tilleuls
Liege D1 4000
Belgium

Facsimile:

+32 (4) 366 95 62

E-mail:

azar@lema.ulg.ac.be

Website:

http://www.ulg.ac.be/lema/

Availability

The software and its user manual is available under CD-ROM from LEMA-ULg for the price of 100 Euros which mainly covers the electronic handling and shipping costs. No additional technical support nor debugging are included within this offer.