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Visualising the city - towards an open solution



Presentation on 12th August 2009 to Be2camp - built environment unconference

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  • Visualising the city – towards an open solution Dave Harte Economic Development Manager, Digital Birmingham [email_address] 07500 882980
  • Visualising the city
    • Key city development projects
    • Engaging the public using digital tools
    • Making Birmingham an ‘open’ digital city
    • Eastside vision by children from St Anne's Roman Catholic Primary School
  • Key Issue
    • Every project has a digital bit in it
    • Digital Birmingham asked to advise
    • Wants to give advice that balances:
      • appropriate solution for the project
      • creates opportunities for digital businesses
      • pitches Birmingham as innovating in this area
  • Key city things
    • Birmingham House
    • New street station
    • Wholesale Markets
    • Longbridge
    • Icknield Port Loop
    • East Birmingham
  • Key city things
    • Library of Birmingham
    • Eastside
      • Park
      • Digital District
      • Commercial developments
      • Education developments
  • Key agendas
    • Local Strategic Partnership
    • Local and National Indicators
    • NI4 % of people who feel they can influence decision making
    • NI5 % of people overall satisfaction with local area
  • Engaging the public
    • Increased use of social media tools
      • Big City Plan/Talk
      • E-petitions
      • Social Media in constituencies
      • NI4 driving initiatives
  • Engaging the public
    • What role for visualisation?
      • 3d models
      • Maps
      • Games
      • Virtual worlds
  • Visualisation to stimulate investment
  • Visualisation for consultation:
    • Grangegorman, North Dublin
    • Dublin Institute of Technology
    • Crytek 3D game engine to create visualisations for consultation (
  • Visualisation for consultation
  • Visualisation for consultation
    • Grangegorgan issues
      • Accuracy of data in order to be useful
      • Manual measurement of listed buildings
      • Architect plans for new buildings
      • Digital asset creation:
        • “ As Farcry is a tropical island based game, the library of textures and foliage was unsuitable for downtown Dublin”
  • Birmingham Second Life Island
  • Key issues for Digital Birmingham
    • Who’s innovating?
      • Not just technology but engagement
    • Being open in approach
      • Sharing digital assets, data
    • Funding
      • City
      • Technology Strategy Board
      • Science City
    • Supporting the Digital & Creative Industries
  • Coming together
    • Workshop in September
    • Planners/architects/city officers/creatives etc. etc.
    • Discuss opportunities in detail
    • Guidance for city officers
    Towards a collaborative approach to developing Birmingham as an Open Digital City