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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2006; doi:10.3390/su9112006

Investigating the Role of Virtual Reality in Planning for Sustainable Smart Cities

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College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Melbourne 3011, Australia
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School of Engineering, Faculty of Science Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University, VIC 3216, Australia
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School of Software and Electrical Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, VIC 3122, Australia
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Received: 13 September 2017 / Revised: 18 October 2017 / Accepted: 30 October 2017 / Published: 1 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Smart Cities and Smart Villages Research)
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With rapid population growth, urban designers face tremendous challenges to accommodate the increasing size of the population in urban areas while simultaneously considering future environmental, social, and economic impacts. A “smart city” is an urban development vision that integrates multiple information and communication technologies to manage the assets of a city, including its information systems, transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management systems, and other community services provided by a local department. The goal of creating a smart city is to improve the quality of life of citizens by using technology and by addressing the environmental, social, cultural, and physical needs of a society. Data modeling and data visualization are integral parts of planning a smart city, and planning professionals currently seek new methods for real-time simulations. The impact analysis of “what-if scenarios” frequently takes a significant amount of time and resources, and virtual reality (VR) is a potential tool for addressing these challenges. VR is a computer technology that replicates an environment, whether real or imagined, and simulates the physical presence and environment of a user to allow for user interaction. This paper presents a review of the capacity of VR to address current challenges in creating, modeling, and visualizing smart cities through material modeling and light simulation in a VR environment. This study can assist urban planners, stakeholders, and communities to further understand the roles of planning policies in creating a smart city, particularly in the early design stages. The significant roles of technologies, such as VR, in targeting real-time simulations and visualization requirements for smart cities are emphasized. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart city; virtual reality; urban planning; data visualization smart city; virtual reality; urban planning; data visualization
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Jamei, E.; Mortimer, M.; Seyedmahmoudian, M.; Horan, B.; Stojcevski, A. Investigating the Role of Virtual Reality in Planning for Sustainable Smart Cities. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2006.

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