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Urban planning

Communicate your urban designs with impact

Designing the future of urban communities

As cities and towns continue to grow, both in terms of physical size and human population, the need for urban planning is now more critical than ever. As an urban planner you have the daunting task of balancing multiple factors such as housing, transportation, infrastructure, economic development, environmental sustainability, and community involvement in order to create liveable and sustainable communities that thrive.

With increasing urbanization, economic inequality, and climate change, the world needs more innovative, inclusive, and accessible design solutions. And while the path to finding solutions can often be challenging and complex, once you have a vision, the job's still far from being done. Communicating that vision in a compelling and easy-to-understand way is the key to getting it realized.

Visualizing urban designs may sometimes seem just as complex, but it doesn't have to be that way. Lumion 3D rendering software aims to make the design and communication processes easier and more intuitive, so that you can focus your time and energy on what matters the most - building a future for urban communities.

“During design development, we’re using Lumion as a tool to convey to clients the emotion and feeling about their project, and how it will enhance their lives.”

Stephen Eich

Urban Studio Director, Hollander Design

Lumion in a nutshell

Lumion enables you to create beautiful images, videos, and 360 panoramas from any 3D urban planning model you design.

You can easily show the entire context surrounding your design, from a small city street to an entire neighborhood.

No matter the scale of your project, with Lumion you’ll find a complete, reliable 3D rendering tool that makes it easy to create photorealistic or conceptual renders - no training required.

Aedas City visualized by Beehive, designed by Aedas. Watch full video here.

Making rendering feel like a walk in the park

Urban design projects can be very complex, involving everything from the development and design of land use to the connection of the built environment to communities. Because of this complexity, Lumion features a wide range of intuitive, reliable tools to help urban planners visualize all of the intricate details of the project they’re working on.

For instance, after importing your model into Lumion, one of the first things you can start doing is sculpting and shaping the landscape surrounding the project. 

Next, with thousands of objects and materials in the Lumion content library, you can quickly and easily create a living, lifelike environment complete with trees and other nature objects, compelling textures, accurate lighting, and animated people and other objects.

Everything in Lumion is lightning fast. Even if you have to render large sections of a city, you’ll find that creating a scene is a streamlined and efficient task. Once you’re ready to render, Lumion can help you produce cinematic and stunning renders faster than most other 3D rendering programs out there.

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Discover how 3D rendering with Lumion helps urban planners achieve more

Boost your design workflow

While urban planning renderings typically help communicate complex ideas in a clear and compelling way, Lumion goes one step further.

It allows you to easily visualize your urban designs as you model them, make changes and revisions in real-time, and render as you go. Compatible with all major CAD and 3D modeling software, Lumion makes the design process more flexible and efficient.

And with the Lumion LiveSync plug-in for Sketchup, Revit, Rhino, AutoCAD, Archicad, Allplan, BricsCAD, and Vectorworks, you can model and render simultaneously, helping you save precious time.

Visualize your urban designs in context

Lumion offers a simple way of assessing the impact of your proposed urban developments by placing them in context.

With a wide range of materials, objects, and environments available in the software, you can easily recreate real-life environments and visualize plans in a way that is true to life.

Lumion comes with a vast 3D asset library including many characters, nature items, and objects, ranging from urban furniture to transportation, to help you show the full potential of your urban designs.

With Lumion, you can assess the impact of your urban plans on the surrounding environment and make necessary adjustments to ensure that your vision is feasible, sustainable, and easily understood.

Bring communities together

3D renderings can help you communicate your vision more effectively, especially when it comes to complex urban planning proposals that require different stakeholders to come together.

Whether you're presenting to developers, government officials, or the general public, Lumion gives you a powerful tool to share your urban plans and designs in a more engaging, informative, and accessible way. Easily create high-quality, compelling visualizations that reveal how communities will interact with your urban spaces and facilitate better-informed decision-making.

Made with Lumion

See how Lumion can help architects and designers tell compelling stories.

Discover how Bjarke Ingels Group approaches community-focused design and how Lumion animations played a role in communicating design ideas to the public.

The BIG U: NYC Community Spaces as Barriers for Flooding

Watch the largest Lumion animation ever made by the talented team at Beehive - 7 of Aedas's spectacular designs compiled into one vast fictional city.

Aedas City visualized by Beehive, designed by Aedas.

Complete compatibility

Model and render in real-time with Lumion LiveSync