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Digital twins offer “a very powerful way of developing our cities” say experts – Dezeen

Digital twins are starting to transform the way that cities are designed and managed, according to experts.

Buildmedia has created a digital twin of Wellington, New Zealand
Buildmedia has created a digital twin of Wellington, New Zealand

Digital twins are starting to transform the way that cities are designed and managed, according to experts.The technology, which involves creating a digital clone of a real-world object or system, is revolutionising the fields of healthcare, manufacturing and logistics. It is now having a profound impact on architecture and urbanism too.

“I see it as being a very powerful way of developing, evolving and designing our cities,” said Mansoor Kazerouni, global director of buildings for Canadian architecture, engineering and planning firm IBI Group.

“The ability to create a digital representation of a building, a neighbourhood or an infrastructure network is powerful because it can inform decision-making throughout the lifecycle of that thing, starting with the design phase,” he told Dezeen. “Simulating data in a digital twin allows us to optimise our design.”

Chinese company 51World has created a digital twin of Shanghai which covers 1,448 square miles

A digital twin can be used to monitor the status of its physical counterpart and predict how it will behave in the future.

The technology has advanced so far that it’s now possible to clone entire cities, for example, Chinese company 51World has created digital twins of Shanghai and Singapore. Architects and designers believe this will revolutionise the design and operation of buildings, transport systems, streetscapes and more.

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