In the Tokyo Mori Building, this sprawling Urban Lab project (via TechExplore) Is an ever-changing, 1: 1000 model of Tokyo, complete with overlay augmented reality layers. It is basically a realistic model with Cities: Skylines’ Overlays.
I want to go check it out for professional traffic management ideas – check those roundabouts and carousels – but these things do a lot more than just show you road layouts, and let tourists take pictures of the little Tokyo Tower.
The augmented reality projection mapping feature in the diorama, along with synchronized background screens, provides information beyond just highway and railway intersections. It defines the business intensity and population, and also includes a timeline of how the shoreline has changed over the years.
With different combinations of overlays, interactive dioramas give researchers and developers an in-depth look at the areas most prone to flooding, among other natural disasters that can be avoided. By visualizing the data in this way, they can get a better idea of where and how the development is taking place, so that they can plan to reduce the impact of such incidents.
The 78-foot prototype was first unveiled in 2019 and covers 13 of the 23 regions that make up Tokyo – the 143 square miles of the city skyline – and is displayed alongside a scale model of New York for reference. Each year these facilities grow and change along with the cities they represent, making them living models. Every year as these cities adapt, photos of new urban developments are studied, and designers meet with Styrofoam and scalpels to update the models.
Projects such as these fuel urban development programs, equipping them with knowledge that not only contribute to more efficient cities of the future, but also help save lives. We hope to see more cool projects like this emerge as we move to a more tech-based future.