Socio-economical 3D city model with modularCity

Land use planning, social development and economic development of urban communities are usually addressed in different organizations and thus are rarely (usually not at all) aligned.

modularCity is the new urban planning software that incorporates these major aspects in order to bridge the gap. The software integrates building-, inhabitant-, income-, land use-, business-, noise- and map data to visualize it in the 3D socio-economic city model.

Participative planning processes make use of the modularCity online survey on public perceptions. By integrating local knowledge and perceptions, planning teams can leverage opportunities and mitigate risks early in the planning process while gaining public support.

Planners draft their development scenarios while policy makers test their development strategies in the socio-economic model. Development strategies are evaluated on their social, economic and land use impact. All in real time. Also in participative, interactive workshops.

All scenarios consist of key performance indicators based on volumetric models. The models can be published as images, traditional GIS or 3D Google Earth models.

modularCity research partnership

Addressing social, ecological and economical aspects beside the land use in urban development adds value to investors, cities and inhabitants.

The research partners (FHNW Soziale Arbeit & FHNW Vermessung und Geoinformation and ZHAW) as well as Stadt Langethal/ urbanis aim at delivering this added value in a highly efficient, computer aided approach.

The [ urban ROI designer ] serves as software-basis, providing the intuitive user interaction needed for such interdisciplinary work.

The Swiss Federal Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) provided start-up funding for developing modularCity. Read more (in German) on the CTI project scope.

Who uses modularCity

modularCity supports:



Explained in 3 minutes


New perspective on a community (3 mins, German).




Modelling a development including socio-economics (90 secs, German).



Impressions from our reference projects Langenthal and Männedorf (German).