Legos and Projection Mapping as Urban Planning Tool

projection mapping urban planning tool
Legos and Projection Mapping as Urban Planning Tool

MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning in collaboration with the Changing Places group at the MIT Media Lab and the Barr Foundation have developed a new tool to help in urban planning projects.  In the current state, the group has created a model of Dudley Square, equipping with sidewalks, roads, and buildings built with legos and projection mapping filling it simulated traffic data as well as green spaces.  The project is currently designed to help evaluate how bus rapid transit systems would affect the city.

The display is often open to the public and available for interaction.  Users can interface with the system, trying new public transit routes, seeing how changes to the system affect their commute time and neighborhood, and more.

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Rajinder Sodhi
I design, research and tinker with new sensing and display techniques (like projection mapping) to make our interactions with computers feel more natural! I've worked for Walt Disney Imagineering and Microsoft Research and made things along the way like Aireal and RoomAlive. Check em' out at rsodhi.com, @lumenra.