This is Geodesign: Contributions from the Field Part 2

Type: Paper
Theme: Public Engagement in Geography
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 6:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Grand Ballroom D, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Darren Ruddell
Chairs: Darren Ruddell


Geodesign is a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary, iterative framework that pairs planning, design, and environmental systems with geospatial technologies to explore ways to build a better world. As interest and demand for smart and sustainable development gains traction at municipal, national, and international scales, the use of Geodesign principles are becoming increasingly valuable to address global challenges that foster human and environmental well-being.

Recent contributions to help advance Geodesign as a mechanism to build more sustainable, resilient, and healthy communities have emerged from diverse pathways, such as case study interventions, technological breakthroughs, new academic programs, as well as renewed public engagement in urbanism. For instance, various cities and regions throughout the world have engaged local citizens in geodesign workshops to assess and/or implement design scenarios aimed at long-term conservation of human and ecological health. Similarly, technological breakthroughs are providing geodesign practitioners sophisticated real-time decision-support tools to construct and vet alternative design strategies. Additionally, numerous universities have launched new interdisciplinary degree programs in geodesign to provide technical training along with the critical and spatial thinking skills necessary to address complex societal challenges in the 21st century.

This session aims to assemble scholars and practitioners engaged in efforts to advance geodesign. Potential paper topics include, but are not limited to: case study applications, technological contributions, geodesign education, and/or public engagement.

Key words: Geodesign, urban sustainability, public engagement, systems thinking, spatial sciences

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Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Molly Burhans GoodLands 20 4:40 PM
Presenter Darren Ruddell*, University of Southern California, Hrishikesh Ballal, Geodesign Hub Pvt. Ltd., Geodesign and Public Participation: A Case Study on the Los Angeles River Revitalization Taylor Yard Project 20 5:00 PM
Presenter Tess Canfield*, , Geodesign for a Shrinking City: Yosano-Cho, Japan 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Carl Steinitz*, Harvard University, Collaborative Negotiation as a Geodesign Method: Envisioning Sydney’s Urban Future 20 5:40 PM
Discussant Darren Ruddell University of Southern California 20 6:00 PM

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