Community of the Future Initiative
research contact: Bruce Tonn
Advanced computer simulations are being used to help visualize community
redevelopment decisions. ORNL's Community of the Future Initiative (COFI) project utilizes these real-time
simulations in conjunction with decision support and economic analysis tools to improve communities'
decisionmaking processes. These technologies will be transferred to the nation's urban and rural empowerment
zones for use by all community members.
Street scene from Harlem, New York City, including old parking garage.
||This street scene from Harlem, New York City, depicts a real life decision being faced by this
empowerment zone; whether to replace an old parking garage (the 3-story, brownish structure in the right
foreground) with a new development.|
3D computer models of existing and candidate replacement structures.
||Using highly-accurate 3-D computer models, existing and planned development can be viewed
realistically. These images show a model of the existing structures (including a garage) as well as the candidate replacement
structures; an apartment building and a department store, respectively.|
||These images show the existing and candidate replacement structures from a different
perspective. The models enable interactively navigatation of the communities redesigned through the
Elevated view showing many of the buildings in the 2-city-block model
|| An elevated view shows many of the buildings in the model. Actual photgraphs from Harlem were
used to create realistic textures for all existing buildings in a roughly two-block area of the city.|
Algorithms inform community residents about redevelopment decisions impacts.
||The decisionmaking process also drives algorithms to inform community residents about the
potential economic impacts of redevelopment options. Here, the user is presented a bar graph depicting the
predicted job growth generated by the different options.|
A system usable by everyone in the community
ORNL SC98 exhibit
||The system will be usable by everyone in the community: kids, grandparents, government officials,
and economic redevelopers.|
Updated: Tuesday, 19-Sep-2000 17:53:28 EDT