Envisioning and Engaging With Geodesign

Never before has there been such a need for planning and design professionals to anticipate future trends, propose solutions, and help communities and decision makers make the wisest, most well-informed choices possible. A new design approach, one rooted in the history of design practice and enabled by rapid advances in technology, has emerged to meet this need. The approach, called geodesign, provides the framework and tools needed to explore issues from a transdisciplinary perspective and to resolve conflicts between differing points of view.

Join Houseal Lavigne Associates, PlaceWorks, and Esri as they explore how geodesign and GIS technologies can increase your project success, highlighting the issues through several case studies. Devin Lavigne, principal at Houseal Lavigne Associates, will provide insight into the firm's approach to integrating procedural modeling into its design workflow, adding efficiency to its 3D production pipeline. Robert Kain, GIS manager at PlaceWorks, will share how the firm's adoption of Web GIS and GeoPlanner has enabled it to make location-driven decisions on many of the firm’s land use planning projects. Brooks Patrick, geodesign account executive at Esri, will provide an overview of geodesign and discuss how Esri’s ArcGIS platform supports geodesign implementation.

You'll learn about:

  • What Geodesign is and how geographic data can translate into evidence-based design
  • Existing and emerging GIS technologies and how they are shaping community planning and local decision making
  • Ideas for incorporating Geodesign concepts for urban and landscape scenario planning