Virtual worlds shaping an urban renaissance

Can the virtual world help shape healthier, sustainable cities? That was the key question explored in our most recent Act of The Only Progress is Human: Urban Renaissance in Seoul, Korea.


Cities and infrastructure were developed bit by bit, without consideration for comprehensive needs or systematic impacts



Cities are being reshaped to both accommodate modern realities and prepare for future change and an optimal experience for inhabitants

How can the virtual world improve urban experience?

Dassault Systèmes is shedding light on 10 major challenges faced by humanity. For each challenge, we respond with an Act that symbolizes our commitment to help our planet survive and thrive. Because we believe The Only Progress is Human, we seek to inspire others to act in their own spheres, for the good of all.

In 2022 we highlighted our Urban Renaissance Act to demonstrate how virtual twins of cities can improve the lives of citizens because we can now test infinite solutions before implementing them in the real world. We chose the vibrant city of Seoul as the backdrop for this act. Multimedia artist Yiyung Kang created an extraordinary light show that projected a 3D video mapping of a future city onto the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), to explore how sustainable cities can thrive as urbanization increases.

A round-table discussion followed the immersive experience, where experts shared their viewpoints about what urban living will look like in coming years and how science-based virtual twins will be vital in imagining a sustainable circular future.

For our Urban Renaissance Act we were thrilled to collaborate with Korean artist, Yiyung Kang. Combining her talent and our vision for the city of Seoul's future, we presented an immersive 3D projection on the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, an emblematic monument in the Korean capital.

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Victoire de Margerie
Vice-President, Corporate Equity, Marketing & Communications

By building virtual representations of a city, we can aggregate data, understand how it applies to different districts of the city, to different demographics, and different parts of the population. We can understand, for example, what could possibly happen if we add a bridge here, or if we improve mobility in this other area. I think that is really the power of virtual twins.

Pedro Diaz Cocero
Portfolio Manager, Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Dassault Systèmes

All major cities face traffic congestion, which triggers many associated issues such as Quality and noise pollution. Leveraging the power of 3D modeling and simulation, local authorities can review unlimited 'what if" scenarios to make public policy decisions based on science. This is the power of a city virtual twin: public authorities and that ecosystem (corporations, committees, citizens..) can better understand and improve the real world while also building consensus with all stakeholders.

Jacques Beltran
Vice-President, Cities and Public Services, Dassault Systèmes

DDP was conceived to be integrated within Korean traditional design values. This creates a unique journey for the visitors in how they experience and navigate the building through this multiplicity of vistas and connections below and above, and throughout. Through all these cutouts, within the building, to the sky, to the ground, with fly bridges.

Bogdan Zaha
Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects

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