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Autodesk acquires AI urban planning specialist

18 November 2020

Autodesk has agreed to acquire AI urban planning specialist Spacemaker for $240m.

The Spacemaker platform enables users to quickly generate, optimise and iterate on design alternatives, while considering design criteria and data like terrain, maps, wind, lighting, traffic, zoning, etc. Spacemaker quickly returns design alternatives optimised for the full potential of the site.

The acquisition of Spacemaker (based in Oslo, Norway) provides Autodesk with a platform to drive modern, user-centric automation – powered by AI – and accelerate design capabilities for architects.

The acquisition is expected to complete before 31 January 2021.

“Spacemaker is a lesson in the power of insights and automation, giving designers the ability to create and test urban design ideas in minutes,” said Andrew Anagnost, CEO and President of Autodesk. “With two billion more people expected to call our planet home by 2050, speed of design and sustainability in urban planning must be priorities. Spacemaker technology offers a fundamental shift in how we imagine and build cities to keep people and the planet healthy.”