Current status \ Ongoing (January 2019 / December 2019)
Funding programme \ EU Horizon 2020 EIT Digital
Project budget \ €529.271  (Labsimurb budget €153.750 )

Keywords \ Augmented Reality, Experiential Simulation, Co-Creation, Urban Design

AR4CUP   « Augmented Reality for Collaborative Urban Planning »

Project Overview

AR4CUP project is part of H2020 EIT Digital (Digital Cities) EU Project. In a nutshell, it is based on the use of experiential simulation through Augmented Reality (AR) for anticipating and pre-assessing urban design projects. An experimental application will be carried out on the C40 Reinventing City Serio area in Porta Romana area (South Milan). The partners involved are: Artefacto (FR), Politecnico di Milano with Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana Fausto Curti, VTT and Covivio.

More in detail, the AR4CUP project aims at pushing on the market a new SAAS product (Software As A Service) that will enable to show urban projects in Augmented Reality (AR) on site in order to enable citizens and decision-makers to collaborate with architects and developers to a virtuous co-creation process.  Data collection and analysis of environmental preferences through the app will inform the transformation during the design phase.  The process will empower inclusiveness and encourages evidence-based decision making.

The service will allow:

  • Real Estate (RE) developers and decision-makers to communicate urban projects in the design phase using 1 to 1 scale virtual models in AR
  • To benefit from a virtuous co-creation service that involves citizens and stakeholders (i.e. by collecting users’ feedback, comments, activity, etc.)
  • Citizens to be informed and involved in the process, and to react to urban project proposals

The AR4CUP app will pay special attention to the quality of the representation of urban projects in their context, to the setting up of a fluid navigation in motion and to the setting up of optimized management of occultations in dynamic contexts (Diminished Reality). Data analysis tools to get users’ feedback and reactions to the urban transformation will be integrated into the service in order to support designers to improve their urban projects on the basis of relevant metrics. The entire procedure aims at facilitating the collaboration among final users, stakeholders, and Public Administrator in order to create a virtuous process that contributes to reduce the risk of failure towards the co-creation of the future of cities.

Team, partners and stakeholders

The partners involved are: Artefacto (FR), Politecnico di Milano with Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana Fausto Curti, VTT and Covivio.

Dastu Coordinator: Barbara Piga, responsible for the app co-design methodology for urban design applications, the app mockup, and the study of urban planning procedures for design projects approvals at the European level
with Marco BoffiMarika Fior, Nicola Rainisio, Gabriele Stancato
Research Structure: Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana Fausto Curti

News, outputs and other materials

Video presenting the AR4CUP project