Additional information regarding the subject of geodesign, including the geode- The main idea underlying the concept of geodesign, namely that the context of. Esri staff present geodesign case studies, and the different Esri technologies that were used. Esri recently created a new group called GeoDesign Services. Under the Professional Services umbrella, the GeoDesign Services.

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Although the word GeoDesign and its definition may be newly coined and evolving, Esri president Jack Dangermond observed that the concept of incorporating geographic knowledge into design isn’t new as he addressed attendees at the world’s first GeoDesign Summit in January It has been going on for hundreds of years,” he said, pointing to examples in farming, urban planning, and geodesiggn selection for stores.

For example, farmers have always taken geography into account when deciding what crops would be appropriate to grow on their land and where to locate their farms e.

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Dangermond and a group of thought leaders from academia and a variety of professions believe it’s time to better integrate geospatial technologies such as GIS with design to deal with the planet’s most pressing problems. More than academics and professionals from fields such as geography, architecture, GIS, urban planning, engineering, conservation, and forestry attended the event.

Besides listening to keynotes and Lightning Talks i. The Wikipedia entry they created to define GeoDesign reads, in part: The entry continues with a quote from “GeoDesign: With the world facing what he called “exponentially increasing stress on the systems we depend on” such as natural ecosystems and eri infrastructure, there’s a great need to use spatial data and technologies in planning and design to tackle problems such as those associated with global warming, threats to species, and poorly designed infrastructure.

Because we have been designing the world eesri data-rich knowledge of consequences, we’ve created a situation where we’ve made ourselves vulnerable as a species, which to me gives urgency to GeoDesign.

This is something we don’t have a lot of time to develop. In his opening remarks, Dangermond spoke about the great potential for GeoDesign, which is described by some as a pairing of design and GIS.

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It unites the art and creativity of design with the power and science of geospatial technology. GeoDesign can produce more informed, data-based design options and decisions. We have a kind of continuum from measurement to making decisions that integrates all of our ways of doing things into new processes,” Dangermond told the gathering.


Dangermond said accelerating improvements in geospatial technologies will hasten advances in GeoDesign. New design-friendly capabilities and tools in the upcoming release of ArcGIS 10 will help professionals apply GeoDesign methodologies to problems and challenges related to anything from climate change to pandemic geodesgin, environmental protection to food production, and resource conservation to infrastructure improvements.

This new style of serving geography will affect virtually everything that people do—not just a few researchers, GIS professionals, or those who work with geographic information. Improvements in GIS, the explosion of location-based services LBSfaster computers, more bandwidth and storage, the boom in mobile devices, and the emergence of cloud computing will also speed GeoDesign along, according to Dangermond.

While some people describe this as disruptive technology, for Dangermond, “it’s just another step in the evolution in the enabling technology that allows us to bring these new ideas that will come out of this meeting to fruition. Organizations also are beginning to serve geographic knowledge, which is providing a new infrastructure to build on top of, hopefully, the design notions that come out of the summit.

They will be geodesugn services, and these services will be a new framework.

Just like the Apple iPhone is providing a framework for all kinds of apps, these geospatial geodesiign the ability to build creative applications on top of them—will explode our field and the general interest in designing our future. Matthew Baker, Nathan Shephard, and Bern Szukalski from Esri demonstrated currently available tools and services and soon-to-be-released technology that will assist designers in their work.

Introduction to Geodesign with ArcGIS

Baker’s demonstration focused on the modeling, sketching, and feedback capabilities in ArcGIS Desktop 10, set for release in the second quarter of To find the best areas suitable for redevelopment in Detroit, Michigan, he created a model that used public GIS data and extracted block group parcels in the city that met criteria such as high poverty rates, vacant properties, and high unemployment.

The model’s results pointed Baker to key redevelopment areas. Baker then began sketching a new neighborhood using standard land-use symbols for neighborhood design, which will be available in future templates in the ArcGIS 10 editing tools.

He received instant feedback on the suitability of his designs in the form of pie and bar charts that were based on the features he sketched using an ArcGIS 10 add-in called the Dynamic Charting tool. Every time new features are added to the map, the Dynamic Charting tool provides updates.

These capabilities included template-based sketch editing in 3D; 3D vector analyses of line of sight; 3D object intersections and skylines; volumetric analysis of buildings, shadow impact, and visibility zones; and a template of a virtual city.


The virtual city template provides a useful example of a well-defined 3D city. The four key elements of such a city are a topographic basemap, high-resolution imagery, an elevation surface, and 3D buildings. If the data geodeesign available, users can add other elements such as vegetation, streetlights, and park benches.

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Szukalski showed the audience ArcGIS Online resources for GeoDesigners or Web mappers that serve as what he called an “excellent substrate” of content. They spoke on how GIS is being used in design today and on its great potential to integrate the creativity of design and the science of GIS. Fisher from the University of Minnesota spoke passionately of the urgency of the situation. Citing ideas put forth by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman and professor of psychology David Barash at the University of Washington, Fisher argued that humans have created a giant Ponzi scheme with the planet over the last several hundred years, sucking resources and exploiting labor to maintain a certain way of life.

This has led to the creation of what Fisher described as “fracture-critical systems” like the one that led to the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Other fracture-critical threats include the exponentially increasing atmospheric carbon accumulation and rapidly declining biodiversity.

There is a spatial component to this. The banks do not know where the debt lies. Here, too, GeoDesign can help us understand the flows of money spatially across the planet. Fisher called a fracture-critical system a metaphor for the world humans have designed for themselves.

But he pointed out that innovations such as GeoDesign can help reverse the course. Through innovation, we can rethink the way in which we inhabit the planet, we can rethink the way we use resources, and we can prolong our ability to sustain ourselves. GeoDesign’s time has come, and it’s none too soon.

Then we have to promote those designs, those creations, those gedesign our mind’s eye expressions, to the rest of society. More than academics and professionals from fields such as geography, architecture, GIS, geoodesign planning, engineering, conservation, and forestry attended the GeoDesign Summit held on the Esri Conference Center in Redlands, California.

Thomas Fisher, dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, spoke passionately about the need for geodesign in his Keynote Address. It was demonstrated during the summit.