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Newell goes virtual to study effects of development
Dr. Robert Newell, an instructor and postdoctoral researcher in the School of Environment and Sustainability, was interviewed about the SSHRC-funded research project he is co-leading to create a virtual urban planning tool.
Newell will make a virtual model of Squamish, the growing mountainside town that is a popular tourist destination, to create a 3D visualization of various scenarios. The final product will give other communities a tool for more inclusive community planning.
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If a certain development style is favoured, he added, the software can show a 'whole variety of environmental, social and economic' factors that would be affected.
‘These are things like access to manage encroachment on habitat, employment, local employment, business viability, and walkability.’
This story appeared in Victoria News and five other publications.