New York

New York

VU.CITY New York is a stunning 3D model that’s accurate to within 15cm.

Explore potential massing, import and test refined designs, highlight pain points and realise opportunities. Now all stakeholders can collaborate on solutions for smarter decisions and project success.

33sq km
MODELLED TO 15CM ACCURACY
37,342
TREES, ACCURATE TO HEIGHT & CANOPY
5,939
Buildings

New York has the most iconic skyline in the world and yet is renowned for its ‘pull down and build over again spirit’ with constant architectural change. Little wonder that Robert Moses, the city planner who shaped NYC for 30 years into a contemporary city once said, ‘New York will be a great town if they ever finish it.’

OneNYC 2050 is a strategy to secure the city’s future with big solutions to big challenges, including plans to create and preserve 300,000 units of affordable housing and generate 100,000 good-paying jobs.

OneNYC 2050 details plans to create a network of quality open spaces that connect playgrounds, parks, and plazas to homes and workplaces with bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and to activate hidden open spaces, including the waterfront and areas under elevated trains and highways. 

New York City has committed to the Paris Climate Agreement in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with plans to transform the city by achieving carbon neutrality and 100% clean electricity.

VU.CITY New York is a 3D digital model that will revolutionise the planning and design of this iconic city. It creates a virtual environment in which to test new ideas, with rich functionality and data, and lead to a clear understanding of what’s proposed for better decision-making and positive outcomes.

VU.CITY New York: Highlights

Create, edit and assess massing

Easily test massing to understand design feasibility.

Easily import your designs from external 3D software (such as Revit, Rhino, SketchUp & 3ds Max) into the New York model and test how they will work in situ.
Import Designs

Easily import your designs from external 3D software (such as Revit, Rhino, SketchUp & 3ds Max) into the New York model and test how they will work in situ.

Quickly view and assess the initial impact of light from your proposed developments in VU.CITY’s model of New York.
Sunlight Analysis

Quickly view and assess the initial impact of light from your proposed developments.

Assess multiple initial massing options at an early stage and GEA potential quickly with VU.CITY New York.
Test Massing

Assess multiple initial massing options at an early stage and GEA potential quickly.

Conduct high-level townscape and visual impact assessments with an accurate 3D model of New York.
Camera Studies

Conduct high-level townscape and visual impact assessments. Agree on key views to analyse further.

Use an accurate 3D model of New York to assess where your scheme can be seen from with Zone of Theoretical Visibility.
Zone of Theoretical Visibility

Save time by eliminating unnecessary views for analysis. Understand where your scheme can be seen from and which views are critical to assess.

Work more collaboratively on designs with VU.CITY's 3D model of New York
Annotate with Tags

Mark up comments and actions and easily collaborate on a site or scheme with project team members.

Place your camera anywhere in VU.CITY New York and see the views, whether out of a window, on top of a building or at street level.
Camera Placer

Place your camera anywhere in VU.CITY New York and see the views, whether out of a window, on top of a building or at street level.

Data Layers

New York Coverage

Can't see your area? Request coverage.  
VU.CITY is constantly expanding in coverage.

SUBMITTING A SCHEME FOR ANALYSIS

How can using VU.CITY benefit my application?

Create smart cities the smart way

VU.CITY helps organise, visualise, and analyse city data in the clearest and most accessible way to make better decisions.

VU.CITY covers the whole of London and 21 major UK and international cities.

Quickly identify and appraise sites.  VU.CITY's visualization, design functionality and planning data, allow you to optimise your designs.

Transform design and planning

Now everyone involved can have a clear, universal understanding of what’s proposed and why, in a single, secure place. VU.CITY makes decision-making democratic and fair.

Build trust and collaboration

Remove barriers and minimise risks early. Have confidence in your designs and plans. Increase buy-in for project success.

Improve
outcomes
Test out ideas in situ, from one building to a masterplan. Create your vision and submissions with confidence.
Collate site information in one place
Communicate complex spatial arrangements
Make documentation stand up and stand out
Speed up planning conversations
Strengthen relationships
Create winning submissions
Discover where there is potential for change, and help everyone easily understand what’s involved and why.
Collate site information in one place
Communicate complex spatial arrangements
Speed up the planning process
Speed up planning conversations
Strengthen relationships
Create winning submissions
Reduce guesswork and unwanted costs – make the right decisions for the right outcomes, faster.
Appraise site capacity and viability, faster
Save time and costs through collaboration
Reduce planning uncertainties; increase buy-in
Speed up the planning process with better informed decisions
Sell or lease earlier to realise profits sooner
Understand designs and plans with ease, and make decisions with clarity to benefit your city and your communities.
Make the best possible decisions, quicker
Collate site, scheme and planning information in one place
Standardise decision-making
Have informed and transparent conversations
Improve how you consult on policies and plans
Understand the cumulative effects of planning changes

In your words

“We’re bringing in architects and our clients and different consultants in one room and we’re viewing the drawing, the architecture and the massing through VU.CITY.”
Charlotte Orrell
Senior Planner at Iceni Projects
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