Land use types are the backbone of scenario modeling and have several uses within UrbanFootprint. They are used not only to build scenarios, but also to classify and refine existing conditions.

Assigning Land Use Types to Existing Conditions

By inspecting demographic densities (dwelling units by type and employees by sector), land use data and street intersection densities, UrbanFootprint assigns  land use types to the base canvas (a detailed depiction of existing conditions). To facilitate  land use type assignment, for institutional and other important points-of-interest, we leverage multiple datasets. Assignment does not alter the underlying data.

Refining the Base Canvas

The same tools used to build scenarios can be used to refine the existing conditions data. By “Reclassifying the base”, you can alter the demographic and built form data associated with the existing canvas geographies. 

Scenario Development and Painting

Scenarios are built by painting  land use types on a clone of the base canvas, which  models future change.  land use types make up the palette of development options used for creating land use scenarios, allowing you to test a wide range of alternative future land use patterns. 

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