Generative Adversarial Networks for Ensemble Projections of Future Urban Morphology

Melissa R. Allen-Dumas, Abigail R. Wheelis, Levi T. Sweet-Breu, Joshua Anantharaj, and Kuldeep R. Kurte


Department of Energy, Office of Science, Earth & Environmental Systems Modeling Progam Acknowledged Support: Yes, Multisector Dynamics Program


As city planners design and adapt cities for future resilience and intelligence, interactions among neighborhood morphological development with respect to changes in population and resultant built infrastructure’s impact on the natural environment must be considered. For deep understanding of these interactions, explicit representation of future neighborhoods is necessary for future city modeling. Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) have been shown to produce spatially accurate urban forms at scales representing entire cities to those at neighborhood and single building scale. Here we demonstrate a GAN method for generating an ensemble of possible new neighborhoods given land use characteristics and designated neighborhood type.

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