Research into the world’s future urbanisation challenges by a Google start-up has resulted in a new software platform that could radically enhance the way architects collaborate during the design process.

Flux was first established in 2012, and has its root in an ambitious Google X research initiative that sought to uncover more efficient methods for moving a greater share of the world’s burgeoning population to metropolitan areas. One of the primary challenges for rapid urbanisation identified by Flux researchers at the very outset…