MODELUR (Urban Design)
Parametric Urban Design inside SketchUp!
MODELUR (Urban Design)

Modelur is a parametric Urban Design tool seamlessly integrated into SketchUp. It helps you to quickly create and test different urban design alternatives. In addition to calculating Urban Control Indicators in real-time it also alerts you when buildings are placed too close together.


  • as simple and intuitive as SketchUp,
  • parametric buildings,
  • parametric land uses,
  • real-time calculation of Urban Control Indicators,
  • warnings when certain constraints are not satisfied (ie buildings are to close together),
  • available in several languages and
  • free of charge in Pre-beta Partner program!

Modelur is available to anyone interested, you only need to accept the terms and conditions of our Pre-beta Partner program. It is available for both, Windows and Mac platform. To see what Modelur is actually capable of, please visit our YouTube channel, where you can find a complete list of video tutorials. If you have any questions, you can check out our Google Groups Forum or send us an e-mail. To get the latest news about Modelur, you can visit our Blog.


Mulugeta W.'s picture


Modelur is such a great tool for urban and quick massing exercise. I was very excited and pleased about Modelur until it stopped working. I downloaded it this past Friday and came in to work today (Monday) and the massing information i have created are gone. All the input are working but the survey from Friday are erased. Typically, when you select the created massing, the building info will appear on the building tab but not in my case. I've tried to copy and paste the massing in a new file but same outcome. If I create a new massing Modelur works just fine but I am not sure how long until the information is gone. If you have any idea please help! thank you.

Modelur Team's picture



Hi Mulugeta,

thank you for sending us your file. We have identified the problem - you've put Modelur buildings into your own group. This is why Modelur cannot find them when initialized. You can easily solve this problem - just need to move Modelur buildings out of any group (they need to be on 'root' level), save the model and reopen it.

Best regards,

yax y's picture

Hi Guys,

I probably am thinking outta my skull right now, but I feel that Modelur since the day it came out has been the most intuitive parametric modeller for Sketchup. Speaking from an architectural point of view, Modelur would have been the bridge between Sketchup and Layout and perhaps with a little work could be the best design management plugin out there because it can send out parametric reporting and so on. Imagine if one could print out in excel all the needed parameters as quantities, or schedules for buildings straight out from Sketchup, Imagine if one could use Modelur side by side with Dibac plugin, Vali architect plugin, 1001bit or even Skeng. Imaging creating roof members from roof mass but with a unique design. Modelur could have many sub functions for example it makes me feel like I can create dynamic components on the fly simply because its visual. When I see Modelur, I see a plugin that can take on Visualarq and Grasshopper plugins for Rhino 3d. It has serious potential. The fact that it was built with urban design in mind would give it an extra edge as a parametric program, the fact that Sketchup now has IFC capabilities simply means that BIM has finally landed on Sketchup but without the boredom. Its not the easiest thing to write codes and create programs and you guys may not see what I am seeing but if you do launch a Kickstarter or Indiegogo you probably would get support to help bring this plugin to its full potential.

Best regards

Modelur Team's picture

Hi yax y,

thank you very much for your kind review and a vision of what Modelur might become! We are always open for suggestions - in the end, this is exactly why we are releasing pre-beta versions of Modelur.

Although we already have plans to add some more funcionality prior to releasing the first full version, it is always to hear what others have to say... If interested, we can continue this discussion on our forum or through e-mail correspondence - please feel free to contact us!

Best regards,

zou y's picture


ed A.'s picture

Amazing extension, makes things so much easier! Thanks for all your hard work, cant wait for the commercial version.



It's really usefull extension, thank's! One recommendation: a number of apartments should be calculated by NFA, not by GFA.

Modelur Team's picture

Hi Ivan,

thanks for the suggestion - we have created a new ticket. You can expect this feature in one of the next releases of Modelur!

Best regards,
Jernej Vidmar

PS: In the future, we invite anyone who wants to send us some suggestion to use our forum:

Gary S's picture

This is an amazing plugin and can't wait for the commercial version.

Ive been using it for testing massing model alternatives for high rise projects

Highly recommended

Modelur Team's picture

Hi Gary,

thanks for a first comment and a positive review! If you have some suggestions on how to improve Modelur even further, please let us know.

Best regards,
Jernej Vidmar

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