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Digital Twins and Modeling

3D Mapping, Prague, Czech Republic

An urban design competition focused on turning an area with heavy industrial and extensive transportation infrastructure development into a vibrant neighborhood that would restore its connection to its historical past, ensure its climate resilience, and preserve it as a UNESCO world heritage site. Prague, one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, faces an ongoing challenge to reconcile development and preservation. Urban development trends in the Czech Republic’s capital are driving towards creating a city that is more accessible to pedestrians and improving the city’s livability.

3D Model of Prague

In recent years, the Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR Prague), Prague’s central policy-making unit for urban architecture, planning, development, design, and administration, has taken a special interest in determining how climate change will affect and alter the city. The city’s digital twin helps new development strike the right balance between efforts to address climate pressures and changes that improve the lives of residents. City planners have constructed 3D models of Prague’s microclimates using Esri’s ArcGIS. These models provide a way to simulate the effect of adaptation and mitigation strategies before they are implemented.