Data science, simulation and visualization to learn from the past, inform the present, and shape the future of communities everywhere.

UrbanSim leverages state-of-the-art urban simulation, 3D visualization, and shared open data to empower users to explore, gain insights into, and develop and evaluate alternative plans to improve their communities. UrbanSim is a simulation platform for supporting planning and analysis of urban development, incorporating the interactions between land use, transportation, the economy, and the environment. 




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In the News

Government Technology, Sept 29, 2017:

"UrbanSim, one of the highlights of the demos, worked with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development to design software that allows staff to quickly evaluate a land parcel or a building’s suitability for affordable housing development, a timely project given the ongoing nature of San Francisco’s housing crisis. UrbanSim created a tool called Penciler, which analyzes in a matter of minutes if it would feasible for the city to turn a given property into affordable housing. Officials from the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development expect to be adding 1,500 units of affordable housing to the city each year for the foreseeable future, and with UrbanSim’s algorithm driven platform, that work will be greatly expedited and more efficient."

Planning Matters,  APA Colorado Chapter, April 29, 2017

Planning & Technology Today,  APA Technology Division, Spring 2017

Government Technology, August 29, 2016



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