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Dr. Kyung Jin An








Dr. Kyung Jin An  
University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Computer Visualisation in Smart Urban Design

Within the urban design process, planners are required to consider spatial information, appreciate spatial transformations and future scenarios. In the past, conventional media such as maps, plans, illustrations, sections, and physical models have been used. Those traditional visualisations are at a high degree of abstraction, sometimes difficult to understand for lay people and inflexible in terms of the range of scenarios which can be considered. Yet due to technical advances and falling costs, the potential for computer based visualisation has much improved and has been increasingly adopted within the urban design process.
The research is based on case study analysis and reflections of the author following his involvement within the design and use of visualisations in a series of planning applications. Based on a critical review of existing literature, this research explores in particular the issues of credibility, realism and costs of production.
The research findings illustrate the importance of the credibility of visualisations, a topic given insufficient consideration within the academic literature.  Whereas the realism of visualisations has been the focus of much previous research, the results of the case studies and interviews with practitioners undertaken in this research suggest a ‘photo’ realistic level of details may not be required as long as the observer considers the visualisations to be a credible reflection of the underlying reality.  Although visualisations will always be a simplification of reality and their level of realism is subjective, there is still potential for developing guidelines or protocols for image production based on commonly agreed standards.  In the absence of such guidelines there is a danger that scepticism in the credibility of computer visualisations will prevent the approach being used to its full potential.
These findings suggest there needs to be a balance between scientific protocols and artistic licence in the production of computer visualisation. In order to be sufficiently credible for use in decision making within the urban design processes, the production of computer visualisation needs to follow a clear methodology and scientific protocols set out in good practice guidance published by professional bodies and governmental organisations.

About Dr. Kyung Jin An

Kyung Jin An was born in Korea in 1973, and graduated in BSc at University of Seoul, Seoul (1992-96) and The University of Newcastle upon Tyne for Postgraduate studies on scholarships(2002, Master degree / 2012, Ph.D). He worked on numerous European and international projects for a number of design practices including Robinson Landscape Design, White Young Green, AWP, and Martha Schwartz and Partners in London. In 2011 he set up Pinkmode Limited in North East of England. His work was included in Kangbuk Great Park in Seoul in 2007, for which he was awarded 3rd prize in conjunction with LET. In 2010, he took a part in international design competition in Valencia with Juanma, Calidad Pincaya and in 2011, Pinkmode was awarded 2nd prize for the Chamsae play area design in Seoul. In 2011, his design for a play area in Seoul “Haorum” was published in book format by LET. His research was published in the International Conference for Virtual Environment in Dessau, Germany in 2005. Later, his research on visualisation and UK planning published on International / European journals in 2010, 2011, and 2012. After a Viva in 2012, Kyung Jin was successfully awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from University of Newcastle upon Tyne in Town and Country Planning.

  
 
 


 


   
 

 
 

  
  
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