Exploring design alternatives

Existing neighbourhoods, cities and regions can be analysed using Urban Calculator, but it can also be used to test design proposals. Streets can be added or removed to test changes in centrality and accessibility and to estimate the impact of the change on pedestrian movement.

Various spatial analyses run in parallel and within seconds, the results are visualised in maps. By printing the results, maps are automatically exported with scale, legend, and a short explanation.

Types of analysis

In cities, what happens in one place, depends on its relation to all other places. This affects density and proximity. For instance, how many services can be found within a 15-minute walk? Also, the amount of people walking the street, depends on that street’s position in the whole city. This affects where shops and service are best located.

Understanding this dependence of parts and whole is complex where Urban Calculator gives support. Four types of analyses are provided: centrality, accessibility to services, density, and proximity. All analyses cover the full territory, be it a neighbourhood, city, or region.

Accessibility to services Gothenburg

Accessible built density Gothenburg

Proximity to parks Gothenburg