Exploring living urban forms through the lens of social media and the implications for landscape planning and design

Authors: Chen Xu*, University of Wyoming
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Landscape, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: GIS, social media, landscape planning
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Congressional B, Omni, West
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Place has been a fundamental concept in landscape planning and design which influences people's perception and use of spaces. A meaningful reflection on the sense of place would improve the performance of design and the resultant use of designed spaces. However, place has been an elusive concept that challenges the intention to grasp it over the past decades. Recent advancements in technologies have made it possible to study people's sense of place through computational means. First, the use of digital social media leaves permanent traces in various forms during people's communication with others, and potentially such user-generated data reflects people's subjective experiences with their environments. Kevin Lynch's seminar book The Image of the City provides a theoretical construct of the mental map as people navigate a city. In this study we explore the dynamics of urban landscapes through the lens of social media and intend to discover useful patterns for facilitating landscape planning and design.

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