Collaborative Negotiation as a Geodesign Method: Envisioning Sydney’s Urban Future

Authors: Carl Steinitz*, Harvard University
Topics: Urban Geography, Geography and Urban Health, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Geodesign, Negotiation, Collaboration, Planning Support Systems, Design Process
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 6:20 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom D, Astor, 2nd Floor
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Negotiation is the most important method for arriving at political consensus regarding future change. It is applicable across size and scale. Fundamental to the success of a collaborative geodesign process is the creation of an easily understood graphic language based on shared diagrams of proposed policies and projects. This presentation describes several aspects of diagram-based geodesign workflow. It will focus on comparison of alternatives and negotiation, organized in a digitally supported geodesign negotiation method aimed at achieving an agreed design. One of the major challenges in creating plans for sustainable urban futures is the ability to work across government agencies and to break down traditional barriers in favor of truly collaborative planning. This siloed approach to planning means there are problems in the design, coordination and sequencing of critical projects. The case study will be the future of the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Australia, and the implementation of a geodesign framework in a two day workshop with real world actors spanning a number of government departments, agencies, municipalities, industry and academia in the State of New South Wales, Australia. We investigated the use of the Steinitz geodesign framework and the free-to-use Geodesignhub.com software linked via API to several Esri and open-source applications to support collaborative and integrated negotiation-based geodesign.

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