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urbanAPI - Interactive Analysis Simulation and Visualisation Tools for Urban Agile Policy Implementation



The urbanAPI - Information and Communication Technology (ICT) project will provide urban planners with the tools needed to actively plan and manage the urban environment. Tools will be developed within three urban planning contexts:

Such developments collectively provide vital decision-making aids for urban planners in the management of the territory, as well as for the associated authorities in political negotiation, and wider stakeholder engagement regarding the future development of the territory.

The particular aims are to

  • support activities such as issue identification, policy analysis, consultation, decision and evaluation in urban planning and land management policy

  • develop a policy metamodel, a formalised vocabulary, a set of rule languages to define data integration and abstract simulation models

  • transpose elements of agile ICT development to the urban policy making process


The urbanAPI consortium (9 partners) integrates representatives from the ICT community (Fraunhofer IGD, AIT, GeoVille) with end-user engagement experts (UWE, AEW) as well as four city application representatives (Bologna, Ruse, Vienna and Vitoria-Gasteiz) .


UrbanAPI is a three year project that employs a simple work plan pattern. In an initial set-up phase from project month 0 to 6, project infrastructure required for communication and development is set up, and methodological aspects are clarified. Following the set-up phase, the main research and development work is conducted in project months 6 to 24. A final evolution, evaluation and exploitation phase concludes the project.

urbanAPI Workflow

To ensure good project progress it is planned to work on the three applications sequentially. It is a basic requirement for all work packages that results are delivered to the users early and often, where applicable. This process ensures an even workload distribution across application and research and development partners. Local initiatives in the four urban regions working in this project will be encouraged to participate within the planning process, to contribute to the final solutions and understand and finally accept the expected impacts on environment and inhabitants. Based on the toolset, adapted urban planning applications will be created, deployed, evaluated and used to support policy makers, planners and stakeholders at different governance and spatial levels (urban quarter level, municipal level, urban region level).