Urban Network Analysis toolbox for  Rhino3D

Urban Network Analysis (UNA) Rhino toolbox offers powerful methods for analyzing spatial accessibility, pedestrian flow and facility patronage along spatial networks.  The UNA toolbox for Rhino 5 or 6 was developed in order to make spatial network analysis tools available to architects, designers and planners who do not have access to GIS and typically work on designs in Rhino. Having UNA metrics in Rhino not only allows one to analyze how a specific spatial network performs, but to also incorporate the analysis into a fast and iterative design process, where networks can be designed, evaluated and redesigned in seamless cycles to rapidly improve the outcome.

The UNA Rhino toolbox is significantly faster that its GIS counterpart, which has been available as a plugin for ArcGIS since 2012. Users also have an ability to rapidly create and edit networks from any Rhino curve objects, making network design and redesign simple and intuitive. The analytic options available to the user have expanded, offering users more precise control and flexibility in solving spatial network analysis problems.

City Form Lab team

Andres Sevtsuk
Raul Kalvo
Lab director
Lead developer

Related papers

Sevtsuk, A., & Kalvo, R. (2016). Urban Network Analysis Toolbox for Rhinoceros 3D. Planning and Technology Today, (issue no. 112), 4–5.

Sevtsuk, A. (2018) Urban Network Analysis: Tools for Modeling Pedestrian and Bicycle Trips in Cities. Harvard GSD.

Sevtsuk, A., Kalvo, R., & Ekmekci, O. (2016). Pedestrian accessibility in grid layouts: the role of block, parcel and street dimensions. Urban Morphology, 20(2), 89–106.

Sevtsuk, A., & Kalvo, R. (2017). Patronage of urban commercial clusters: a network-based extension of the Huff model for balancing location and size. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science., 0(0), 1–21.

Sevtsuk, A., & Mekonnen, M. (2012). Urban Network Analysis Toolbox. International Journal of Geomatics and Spatial Analysis, 22(2), 287–305.

Sevtsuk, A. (2014). Location and Agglomeration: the Distribution of Retail and Food Businesses in Dense Urban Environments. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 34(4), 374–393.

Sevtsuk, A. (2014). Networks of the built environment. In D. Ofenhuber & C. Ratti (Eds.), Decoding the City: Urbanism in the Age of Big Data (p. 192). Birkhäuser.

Sevtsuk, A. (2010). Path and Place: A Study of Urban Geometry and Retail Activity in Cambridge and Somerville, MA. PhD dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Sevtsuk, A. (2014). “Redundant Paths for Urban Network Analysis” presentation paper at the ESRI GeoDesign Summit. ESRI. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-mvtjaz9sk

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