AR for urban planning - HAIFA CITY
The City of Haifa is the third largest city in Israel. This scenic city set on the slopes of Mount Carmel and facing the Mediterranean Sea is referred to by some as “Israel’s San Francisco”. It is widely known for its mixed population of Jews and Arabs who peacefully coexist, which results is some amazing fusions of Arabic and Jewish cultures across the city.
The City of Haifa
AR/VR mobile app
ARkit/ARCore / Cardboard
Show the prospects of the future
The main challenge of the AR for urban planning app was to show how the environment or the infrastructure of the city would change after the completion of a potential investment project. So, to some extent, it was about being ahead of the present time, showing the possible prospects of the future.
The application was to show which ideas and investment projects would work in practice and which ones would rather not. At the same time, it was to combine the real and the hypothetical making of another wonder of virtual/augmented reality.
Drawings and plans fall short of expectations
We devised a relatively easy way of making changes to the configuration of objects being displayed. It seems obvious that not all, even the most brilliant ideas are supposed to turn out equally good in practice. The AR for urban planning app provides a unique opportunity to visualize theoretical projects and then to decide whether they are worth practical implementation or not.
The client sent us the information on the place where the investment projects were to be made. We then printed a huge poster that helped us check the application. We got a list of required models and the development process began.
We created a map of areas in which the client intended to propose changes. We prepared a list of objects that were to be displayed “on” the actual landscape with the help of a mobile device. Objects (i.e. roads, buildings, bridges) were accurately modeled, in accordance with the client’s plans. Then, the objects were placed in a 3D space and programmed to show up in the right places and to an appropriate scale. Thanks to this feature, everyone who installs the AR for urban planning app can see the way in which the planned investment projects will change the landscape.
A vision under construction
The main objective was the conviction that even the best drawings and plans are not able to show the expected results of future investment projects we plan to erect in particular urban space. The client wanted to provide investors, as well as other people concerned, with the possibility of looking at a specific place and see new buildings and other investments which do not exist yet.
Therefore, the AR for urban planning app makes it possible to verify the feasibility and effectiveness of theoretical concepts.
Benefits of the app:
Unity in difference
In this particular project, we used different technologies thanks to which the user could see 3D models mapped onto an actual landscape. This AR and VR application was made in Unity 3D, and the models were made in 3ds Max.