Visualisation tool allows residents to transform their streets – transportxtra
Deniz Huseyin25 May 2022
New software has been developed that allows anyone from professionals to local residents to swiftly create visualisations of how they think streets could look. Users can drag and drop a range of features – including street surfacing, kerb build-outs, trees, rain gardens, bollards, bike racks and hangars – onto an image of a street. Features are set to the correct scale to give an accurate representation of how they would look in reality.
The BetaStreets computer-generated image (CGI) design and visualisation tool is the brainchild of Jon Little and Andy Heather. They believe the tool will allow visualisation to be used more often and make design more open and inclusive, with local people able to interact with scheme developers earlier in the process.
Andy Heather is a visualisation specialist while Jon Little is specialist in active travel, liveable streets, shared and combined mobility, and the author of Waltham Forest’s successful Mini-Holland bid, which paved the way for the transformation of streets in the London borough.