Holistic City Releases CityCAD 2.0 Urban Design Tool
UK, Jun 30, 2010 - Holistic City Software is pleased to announce the release
of CityCAD 2.0 - a major new upgrade to their conceptual urban
masterplanning CAD application.
CityCAD was created for city masterplanners who are frustrated by constantly
recalculating large quantities of data every time a masterplan design is changed
during the design process.
CityCAD allows you to quickly
sketch urban masterplans
It is an easy-to-use CAD application for conceptual urban masterplanning.
Unlike other CAD software products, CityCAD was specifically created for the
city design community and will automatically recalculate planning data
(including floor areas, residential densities, costs, values, energy/carbon use)
in real time as you sketch and modify your design.
Even if your team hasn't used much CAD software before, CityCAD will enable
you to quickly sketch 3D models of large scale urban masterplans and easily test
many different development ideas. You can also import your own information, such
as existing masterplan drawings, maps, aerial photos or concept sketches.
CityCAD 2.0 includes many new
features, including visualization of houses in residential blocks
Holistic City has assembled an all-inclusive subscription offer which
includes technical support and all upgrades/new versions for the duration of
your subscription. For a limited time until July 14th, a full commercial 6-month
subscription package is available for only GBP 250 / USD 350. Significant
discounts are available on non-commercial licences for educational use.
For more details on licence options please visit
Rapid Masterplan Sketching
CityCAD has always been a very quick way to sketch urban masterplans in three
dimensions, and the latest release will enable you to explore concepts and
create high quality design faster than ever before.
This exciting new release includes parametric visualization for detached
housing blocks - enter a density and watch as the houses get closer together or
Other features include a new City Design Assistant panel where you can access
online help, do batch editing of offers rapid creation of blocks of a certain
size, as well as customized urban gridiron layouts.
- New library of batch editing features - for example change the no. of
storeys of several blocks at the same time.
- City defaults have been replaced with easy-to-use Block, Route, City
Item, Tree and Land Use Managers, where you can create and manage your own
custom libraries of settings. Settings can be easily 'painted' on to
elements in your masterplan using the new Apply Settings tool.
Advanced City Analysis
City analysis - and the ability to quickly relate spatial information to
numerical information - is a key part of the value that urban design software
can bring to your work.
In CityCAD 2.0, a powerful new Advisor feature allows you to set detailed
criteria and thresholds, and be alerted if they are crossed. You can also define
and apply custom parameters - including customizable environmental standards and
New advanced liveability analysis provides real-time feedback on living
space, access to services (average and maximum distance to places eg. schools,
bus stops, post boxes), active frontage and diversity. Advanced sustainability
analysis displays the total units or GFA according to environmental standard,
and can detect the orientation of rectangular blocks.
CityCAD began as a research project that applied BIM (Building Information
Modelling) principles to the urban masterplan scale. A prototype software
product codenamed 'Masterplanner' was created in early 2005.
Holistic City released a small street design tool later in 2005 called
Streetscape, which was later upgraded to Streetscape Pro in 2007. Both are
available for download free of charge.
CityCAD 1.0 was launched in June 2008, and an ongoing programme of
development and improvement based on customer feedback has culminated in the
release of CityCAD 2.0 in June 2010. We continue to explore ways that CityCAD
can assist the creation of sustainable, liveable cities, and are always grateful
for feedback on how our software could help your work.
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