Urban Menus: A tool for a parametric consensus-based 3D future planning
BOA office for advanced randomness

Urban Menus assists in the design development of spaces by using 3D virtual reality to quickly represent future scenarios and enable users to walk through them while evaluating the changes and their potential effects in terms of resources and ecology, society and urbanity, as well as profitability.
Furthermore, specialists and future users can effectively and simultaneously include inner city, periphery or extension areas as well as buildings in different stages of the process.
The novel, decentralized simulation platform serves to illustrate the results of a new "city recipe". Versatile options settings, multiple information fields, analysis, participation, and feedback options are combined in an easy-to-use, high-quality interactive real-time presentation.  
The goal is to develop a playful tool that greatly simplifies district planning thanks to its 3D virtual reality functionality, its visualization of urban interventions and its parametric result analysis (ecology, urbanity, density). It can be decentralized and simultaneously used by several target groups -all those affected by the planning process- especially by laymen without special expertise. As a result, prototypes and design criteria can be tested and adjusted live on the user’s computer screen, giving great value and advantages to decision-making processes.
This is an innovative step in the development of cities and places in comparison to previously used methods. We facilitate people’s involvement and participation by integrating their points of view and visions in the tool to, therefore, change parameters and virtually walk through the modified scene in order to evaluate, analyze and compare different alternatives.
In addition to the challenges associated with the creative industry, among others, in the 3D virtual reality simulation, the following project aspects are particularly innovative:
Regional specifications: There are different public space elements in every region as well as different problems in the use of public space, transport, building development. 
Algorithms: We need algorithms for the assignment of characteristic values; for transdisciplinary analysis areas such as security; for every spatial setting which, then again, is defined as a set of individual elements and their expression.
Participation: The tool can be used by several people simultaneously and must find optimal methods to display only the information each user is allowed to see.  Interaction is desired and necessary.  
Computing power: The simulation includes objects with high rendering quality, animated characters, and AI agents.  
Our project promotes the best possible design choice for all concerned parties. It thus has echoes of Rudolf Steiner’s three-structure theory as well as of the Bitcoin Blockchain context with its decentralized structures and actions.
Our tool supports the vision of consensus decision-making on a large-scale and equality of opportunities and diversity when it comes to the individual case. On the outcome level, as well as in the process through the decentralized and the participative use of the tool, it contributes to equality and inclusion so all interested have a say and an active role regardless of their profession and background.
Open minded, open source, open architecture.
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