Why should Urban Designers use LUA?
Urban Designers have a difficult job to do, balancing multiple aims and objectives along with compliance and good design. Software tools exist to assist them with this balancing act but they tend to be at a building level not at a masterplan scale. This lack of assistance can and does lead to areas such as daylighting and sunlight access being dealt with, at best, peripherally, especially on residential masterplans. This is not due to lack of care but through a lack of robust measurement and modelling tools that can deal with multiple buildings quickly and accurately.
LUA has been developed to specifically address these issues and should be seen as a major boost for daylight and sunlight and sunlight access within masterplans.