As part of the ESRC Public Understanding of Science Programme, an in-house Internet project was developed for the Hackney Building Exploratory. Aimed at educating children in their local environment, the project included three-dimensional buildings, interactive panoramas, three-dimensional geographical information and a 'drag and drop' town.
The project was designed to allow ease of use for the children and to explain the research behind Online Planning in a clear yet fun manner. The project was extremely well received and served to not only enhance the public's understanding of science but also disseminate the research to a younger audience.
The Internet site was awarded 'site of the month' by PC Pro magazine and described as "being well worth a visit as you can manipulate buildings on display and even take on the role of town planner in the wonderful 'drag-and-drop town' feature the sites complexity is disguised by good design so that it appears very simple to the end user".