Instant 3D Generation of Existing Cities with the CityEngine

November 21, 2008 7:22 pm

Tags: 3D, CityEngine, Google Earth, modeling, Rome Reborn


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Zurich, Switzerland — November 20, 2008 — Procedural Inc. today released a significant upgrade to their revolutionary 3D software CityEngine®. When the software was launched in July, Procedural Inc. announced the generation of ancient Rome within just one day (Rome Reborn Project). Now, with the newly introduced OpenStreetMap® import, the CityEngine enables the generation of literally every city in the world within minutes.


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Procedural Inc., an innovative software company located in Zurich, is home to the world’s foremost procedural modeling technology. With the CityEngine, Procedural Inc.’s graphics experts have created a radically different 3D application that allows professional users in entertainment, architecture and urban planning to efficiently model 3D cities and buildings.


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“Usually it can take up to several man years to model a 3D city.” says Pascal Mueller, CEO of Procedural Inc. “The CityEngine significantly accelerates this process. And with the new OpenStreetMap feature, users can import now every urban street network in the world. On the corresponding parcels, users can then instantly generate 3D buildings by using the CityEngine’s unique grammar rule engine.”


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Other highlights of the new CityEngine release include:

#1: Convenient interface to control specific parameters such as the building height or age. A parameter modification by the user invokes the automatic regeneration of the 3D model with all architectural elements correctly aligned.

#2: Generated city models can now be exported also to Pixar’s RenderMan® and Google Earth®.

#3: New learning resources such as video tutorials and extensive user manuals. A full list of features is available at


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Pricing and Availability

The CityEngine is available at the promotional price of $3950. A free 30-day trial version, including examples, is available for download at The software can be purchased via Procedural Inc.’s website, or by telephone order at +41 76 720 3303.


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About Procedural Inc.
Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Procedural Inc. develops professional software for the efficient creation of 3D buildings and cities. Its flagship product, the CityEngine offers the fastest solution for creating high-quality urban 3D environments. Founded in 2007, the company is a spin-off of ETH Zurich, Switzerland's most renowned university, ranking among the top 10 technical universities worldwide.

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Article Comments

Mnasidika ( posted at 5:11PM Mon, 24 November 2008

I want it! Is it affordable?

nickcharles ( posted at 11:15PM Mon, 24 November 2008

Hi, Mnasidika- "The CityEngine is available at the promotional price of $3950. A free 30-day trial version, including examples, is available for download at"

Mnasidika ( posted at 11:16AM Tue, 25 November 2008

Woooo....I better sell my car! :) So I take it this pricing makes the package only available to high-end creators, animators and project specialists. Sad. I'm doing a graphic novel miniseries and I'm needing some Greek cities. Guess I'll have to wait a few years for a mainstream version to become available. Thanks for your response!

keihan ( posted at 6:13PM Tue, 25 November 2008

Well beyond my budget, but very awesome and powerful. If anyone gets a chance they should check out the site and some of the videos. It is amazing to see how quickly you can generate a city with a certain degree of control in just a short time. Even more amazing is the ability to generate a REAL existing city from the OpenStreetMap data! Wow!

infinity10 ( posted at 3:18AM Wed, 26 November 2008

Impossible for my budget as a hobbyist, but certainly I have visited your webiste before and salivated !

PhilW ( posted at 5:03AM Wed, 26 November 2008

Very impressive - but beyond a hobbyist price range. Interesting to see what is possible though!

KingNot ( posted at 12:04PM Wed, 26 November 2008

US$3950!? I could get MAYA for $50 more. And anybody can make a city with mid-range software and repeat multiple modules for distance effects. Or, for $10-40 buy various kits off of here. How many "Hollywood studios" are there who'll buy it at that price? On the other hand, how many hobbyists are there who'll buy it at US$39.50? Do the math: High ticket studios * High price = $? -vs- Hobbyist outfits * low price = $?

genefleeman ( posted at 1:59PM Wed, 26 November 2008

As usual, NO MAC VERSION!!!! At that price only the richest of us can afford this.. Probably great for a large company but for the single artist this is way out of the question...

graykeeper ( posted at 12:05AM Sat, 29 November 2008

If the developers really wanted to revolutionize the world of graphics they would create an affordable version. Not all creative folks are tied to industry and have access to this kind of money. I can understand wanting to recoup ones investment. Two ways to do it. Sell lots cheap or a few very high. Maybe if orders don't come flying in they will rethink their marketing strategy. To bad. This is something lots of us would like to do.