Title: Of Maps and Models
Keywords: representation, complement, visualization
Description: In the past, 2D maps used to be the main way regeneration plans were represented. While these maps were excellent at showing the layout and shapes of the roads and buildings, they were unable to convey other details such as the heights and facades of the buildings. These days, technological advances have allowed us to represent regeneration plans as 3D models, and now we can even use virtual reality to feel how a proposed layout is like. This allows us to better visualize how new plans are like, especially in relation with its surroundings. However, these 3D models have not completely replaced 2D maps. 2D maps are still useful in conveying information that are more difficult to convey in 3D models, such as the uses and occupants of individual rooms on each floor. So while we now have a new way of representing plans, this has not made the old way obsolete, and they in fact complement each other.