Mobility modelling and simulation in Rhinoceros and Grasshopper

Windows 7/8/8.1/10


Rhinoceros 6




A preview of what Urbano enables you to do

Download geospatial data

Download maps and points-of-interest data from OpenStreetMaps and the Google Places API directly from Grasshopper

Import and aggregrate data

Parse and import existing state information easily from various sources like OSM, Google Places and shapefiles

Integrated CAD workflow

Bake model geometry with metadata to Rhino; design and edit metadata freely in the Rhino CAD environment you are so comfortable with

Preprocess and build model

Various preprocessing steps done during build to decrease simulation time; includes creating topological street network and finding street acess points for buildings

building walk radius

Find all the buildings that can be accessed from a specific building by pedestrians in a given time limit

Walkscore and amenityscore

Run activity-based travel simulations (walking) for designed personas, and compute WalkScore(c) and other metrics like hits received by amenities and streets

Building and Urban scale

Compute metrics at both the individual building scale as well as the larger neighbourhood and urban scales

Visualize results

Produces output that be visualized easily and works seamlessly with other visualization plugins like Human to produce insightful and beautiful figures

Coming Soon...

Behind the scenes

Meet the people involved in the Urbano project


Urbano is being developed as a cross-disciplinary project under the collaboration of the Environmental Systems Lab (ES Lab) of the College of Arts, Architecture and Planning (AAP) and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the College of Engineering at Cornell University.

Led by Dr. Timur Dogan, the ESLab investigates the intersections of architectural design, sustainability, building performance simulation and computational design. They stand for excellence in teaching and research in the area of building technology, daylight and energy modeling, passive climate control strategies and performance driven design workflows in both urban and architectural scales.

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