Google Earth is a natural yet still underused place for urban planners to communicate the future of cities. With the addition of the timeline feature it is possible to chart development according to phases of growth. This is exactly what a company in the Netherlands has done to illustrate the proposed changes to the station are in Utrecht. Take a look at http://www.3idee.nl/google/index_en.htm for full details and the kmz file. The complete file comes in at 25Mb –  it requires a reasonably powerful machine to ensure a constant frame rate.

The animation was captured and published by Digital Urban