Over the past two years, Urbanize has been in expansion mode, adding sister sites to track development in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Seattle. Now, we’re pleased to offer you a new way to visualize the future of your cities.

If you have not done so already, please head over to our new “Projects” page (that new button in the upper right hand corner of your screen). As part of our ongoing commitment to improve upon the Urbanize offering, you can now see all of the projects we’ve been tracking in full 3D - in context - alongside the rest of the city.

View of existing buildings and new or proposed projects in L.A.'s Koreatown neighborhoodGiraffe

So how are we doing this? As you dedicated readers know, we’ve spent years building an indispensable source of intel on future projects in our markets. But when we didn’t want to simply replicate existing ‘development trackers’ on a two-dimensional map.

Enter Giraffe; the platform for urban analytics. Founded in Sydney, Australia - Giraffe is a web first analytics platform, purpose built for City planning. It’s open, lightweight and flexible - making it the perfect vehicle to integrate with our project database.

While we have used this incredible tool to visualize 3D buildings on a map, Giraffe offers so much more. It has a powerful set of analytics tools to help assess plans and sites, such as integration with GIS data to visualize flood, zoning, contours, parcels - a full suite of feasibility tools to understand take-offs and financial viability - or powerful portfolio tools to understand your whole investment thesis.

View of existing buildings plus new and proposed projects in Midtown AtlantaGiraffe

We’ve partnered with Giraffe, because of the power of bringing together our project information in full 3D, along with their development and city planning toolsets. For the first time, you will be able to find, plan and assess a site's potential - in the context of the city's future. 

As our partnership grows, you will see further resources helping you better understand the future of the city. For now, get started by checking out our digital twins of Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Our other markets are soon to follow.

View of existing, proposed, and under construction projects in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhoodGiraffe