Tuesday 23 January 2018


Urban planning for the future of cities population needs to listen most carefully to Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller, “In Iroquois Society leaders are encouraged to remember seven generations in the past and consider the seven generations in the future when making decisions that affect the people.”

In order for urban planning to grow, improve and change thoughtful consideration of internal assessments and external consequences in iterative review and analysis are essential. Citizen-leadership decision-making for inhabitants must, therefore, use new digital tools to measure data converted into information to reveal their success and mistakes for future actions. Comparison over time for actions taken consolidates sharing decisions made with citizens and leaders.

Citizen’s satisfaction that tracks these decisions can move urban development and implementation into the right direction. Devising ways to reverse incorrect trends will train leadership to execute new strategy needs for long-term planning with annual budget processing for both near-term as well as long-term deliberations. The process of thinking about the future arranges the priorities of importance.

The advancement these days in global satellite navigation systems (GSN) can devise many distinctions of 3D mapping together with the availability of 3D city models.

Algorithm creation is moving forward rapidly. For example, accelerated ray-tracing analysis of the visible surfaces predicts the existence of path lengths for reflected signals with an algorithm.

Received signals to estimate reflected delays with the Markov Chain Monte Carlo based algorithm with Gibbs sampler and the Metropolis-Hastings technique are then analyzed.

A measured discrepancy between the estimated delays and predicted ones at the range of possible positions and distances are analyzed by van Rossum algorithm.

(Research online – Urban positioning accuracy enhancement using 3-D buildings model and accelerated ray tracing. by Nesreen I. Ziedan, Zagazig University Egypt / Presented at ION GNSS+ 2017, September 2017)

Where does this GSN advance help urban planning? It is now possible to find man-made objects like windmills, derricks, baseball stadiums and other similar defined things around the world. Descartes Laboratories have created a cloud-based computing platform to apply machine intelligence to massive data sets for modeling these complex systems on Earth.

Beginning with forestry then agriculture and now any man-made object can now be visualized in a “GeovisualSearch.” This tool allows users to find similar looking objects of any kind all over the world. Visual search call “Terrapattern” provides for three different scales of use in the United States, China, and the entire world. (http:www.search.descarteslabs.com and www.terrapattern.com)

Does this tool enable urban planning and urban design to form an interdisciplinary partnership? Only if a new urban vision is found in the minds of the team collected for collaboration together. A visual Artificial Reality tool for alternative futures, however, must and can also interface with reality for an individual behavioral experience. (Marina Abromovich) The future of Quantum Technology for integrating software and hardware promises a lot but is still far from the laboratory bench to reality.

One still has to anticipate integration of all these promising technology tools for future urban design. Urban choices for the right path into the future is still held hostage in the armchair “science” of mind modeling decision-making. Research and Development in the decision-making field have had little attention. Design future is initiated with the path of artists who have no explicit cosmology, no preordained content and no catalog of wisdom. Reality is not final.

“The artist invents new space, where there wasn’t space before, and then he creates new energies there. Artists produce unprecedented dimensions and worlds.” (The Magician Awakes, Jon Rappoport)

An urban future vision prognosis precedes job creation. It begins and ends with the creativity found in humankind for liberty. A wise urban design synthesis respects both short times of seven years past and long time periods of seven years into the future.

Stewardship of Earth demands innate urban creation between Ecologies and Habitat for harmony. All citizens are ultimately responsible and will be accountable for their hard works after their lifetime is swallowed by mortality.

Graham Kaye-Eddie © 12/21/17 660 words

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