About U_CODE

U_CODE overview


U_CODE (Urban Collective Design Environment) will create an environment for urban co-design. Seizing the opportunity offered by emerging technologies to produce new forms of content and user engagement, U_CODE will design and develop a new kind of participatory platform that enables urban designers, architects, and developers to co-design and communicate their projects with the larger public.


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Latest news

Upcoming EU Review in Luxembourg (Oct 25, 2018)

On October 25, 2018 the next review meeting with the EU is scheduled to take place in Luxembourg. Currently, the second Technical Report is being finalised, summarising the work of the whole U_CODE partnership over a period of more than one year. Report and review are to conclude the conceptual and research phases of U_CODE and to prepare the partnership for the final phase of the project. We plan to present live demonstrations of the U_CODE tools also during the review meeting. 


VR tool testing


Investigating the Urban Designer Perspective (Oct 2018)

Collecting input from citizens through participatory activities is one thing, but how to structure and evaluate this data in order to make it relevant and useful for the urban designer? Just providing a long list of ideas and facts won’t do the job. Therefore, we have investigated how this data should be presented to urban designers. When using a digital interface the data should be 1) focused; 2) conclusive; 3) layered and 4) applicable.

Interface examples


Ongoing Usability & Utility evaluation of ISEN’s “Shaping The Place” prototype (Oct 2018)

As part of a PhD thesis work, ISEN is conducting the evaluation of an Interactive and Immersive Virtual Environment designed and developed by a PhD student, so called “Shaping The Place”. 

In order to evaluate both usability and utility of the software, two different kind of evaluation will be done during October, 2018. Respectively: a single user evaluation based on TU Delft’s evaluation process, involving approximately 10 different users from 20 to 50 years old. Secondly, 4 experimentations involving 4 different groups of 8 participants in order to simulate a citizen participation workshop. Each workshop will propose a different version of the software to determine which one supports best creativity.

Usability-Test, Touch table


Comparative Mixed Reality user study started in Delft (Oct 2018)

Three mixed reality prototypes are ready for a comparative user study, which will start early October, 2018. All 3 prototypes have in common that they can be used to build 3D objects, e.g. to design a residential area within an urban design project. The experience of the tools vary since they serve different purposes. One prototype is a Virtual Reality experience, the second is a interactive touch table experience, and the third one is a low threshold smartphone design tool. First round of user testing will involve 30 people in the age of 20-30. We’ll keep you posted on more upcoming user studies. 

Usability-Test, VR


Usability-Test, Tablet


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