Campus and city development

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Campus and
city development

Preserving historic substance, creating new architectural highlights: city districts are becoming important hotspots for urban life and pulsating local centres within dynamic cities. Their development aims to improve quality of life by providing an environment that integrates and centralises work, living, life and leisure activities. The vision for future ‘Destination Centres’ is that they will not only serve as shopping centres but also as inspiring places for spending leisure time attracting people through unique dimensions. Providing living and working spaces, attractive cultural activities, room for pastimes along with retail shopping and entertainment, these centres are meant to be modern living environments for residents, working people, shoppers as well as tourists.

The challenge in planning such a centre is to give a voice to the general public, the society. Fears of increased noise, air pollution and loss of daylight due to tall buildings are typical concerns expressed by citizens. This is why all project stakeholders should proceed with hindsight from the very beginning to avoid the worst case scenario: a contested building permit or even a building freeze.


Apart from BIM project implementation, model-based quality assurance of project results and BIM process control, our past projects involved the following challenges:

  • What innovative award models (IPD, project alliances etc.) could be implemented successfully?
  • How could the large number of project stakeholders and associated interfaces be managed based on modelling?
  • How can the steadily increasing influence of the public on BIM be accounted for?
  • How can I ensure consistent information and data management across all project stages and stakeholders?
  • What technical environment (CDE) should be provided to handle the complex requirements?
  • How can modelling be used in implementing an urban development competition, and how can I use modelling to analyse, simulate and check assessment criteria (such as shadowing, area and object analyses, degree of utilisation of buildings etc.)?
  • How can I combine GIS and BIM to account for exterior spatial influences?

Image sources

  • Siemens Real Estate, Herzog & de Meuron, Westfield