The new urban planning software will help architects and designers build in cities.

MIT researchers from the City Form Research Group have released a free piece of open-source software that gives urban designers and planners the tools to describe spatial patterns of cities using mathematical network analysis methods. This new Urban Network Analysis (UNA) toolbox will be useful for supporting city design in the future, which has become more difficult due to rapid urbanization.

The toolbox can help to explain the whereabouts of local commerce, where pedestrian and vehicle traffic is high, and why city land values vary from one location to another. Users can measure the five different aspects of Reach, Gravity, Betweenness, Closeness, and Straightness. Michael Mekonnen, who worked on the project, explains:

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