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The Westport Town of Tomorrow Urban Design Competition 2012

Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ireland’s first town to have been modelled in 3D and hosted on Google Earth has launched its fifth Town of Tomorrow Urban Design Competition for students. Since its inception in 2008 hundreds of students have taken part in this innovative competition sponsored by Westport Town Council, The Mayo News and actively supported by Google. This year’s competition has taken on a new dimension with the launch of a web site that enables students from around the county indeed from anywhere in the world to enter the 2012 competition. The competition, which will once again be judged by two members of the Google team from Boulder Colorado, involves the re-design of the centre of ‘virtual’ Westport using the popular architectural software Google SketchUp. Ann Moore, Westport’s Town Clerk, said: “Westport is extremely privileged to have secured the services of two such professionals and trust that our students will give them a hard job in picking the winners.”

The competition is based on the ground-breaking photo-realistic 3D computer model of Westport commissioned by the Town Council who are pioneers in the use of such 3D digital technology for both urban planning and online tourism. Registration for this year’s competition can be made via the website or directly with Brendan Hafferty at bphafferty@anu.ie


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