The International Geodesign Collaboration: Changing Geography by Design

The International Geodesign Collaboration: Changing Geography by Design

The International Geodesign Collaboration: Changing Geography by Design

The International Geodesign Collaboration: Changing Geography by Design


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The world faces challenges that supersede and ignore national and regional boundaries and cannot be solved by a single individual, nation, science, or profession. Preparing for the outcomes of population growth and rising global temperatures requires multidisciplinary approaches and collaboration amoung all the stakeholders. Global social and environmental issues will increasingly become multiregional and multinational, and we therefore will need to plan in what should become one language. The language of geodesign.

In The International Geodesign Collaboration: Changing Geography by Design, editors Thomas Fisher, Brian Orland, and Carl Steinitz introduce you to a geodesign approach that allows multiple disciplinary teams to collaborate and design at geographic scale using geographic information systems (GIS) and design tools to explore alternative future scenarios. 

  • Learn The International Geodesign Collaboration workflow for addressing the complex global challenges when working on widely diverse, multidisciplinary projects.
  • Explore the potential futures of 51 university project areas around the world.

The International Geodesign Collaboration: Changing Geography by Design shows how researchers, scientists, designers, and students, can use geodesign principles to work together through analysis, technology, and collaboration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589485730
Publisher: Esri Press
Publication date: 04/14/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 250
File size: 114 MB
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About the Author

Thomas Fisher, is Director of the Minnesota Design Center, and Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design, He is a graduate of Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history, was previously the Editorial Director of Progressive Architecture magazine. Recognized in 2005 as the fifth most published writer about architecture in the United States, he has written 9 books, over 50 book chapters or introductions, and over 400 articles in professional journals and major publications. Named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence, he has lectured at 36 universities and over 150 professional and public meetings. He has written extensively about architectural design, practice, and ethics. His newest book is Designing our Way to a Better World (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). 

Brian Orland is the Rado Family Foundation/University of Georgia Foundation Professor of Geodesign at the University of Georgia, College of Environment + Design. He holds degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. His teaching and research focus on environmental perception, the understanding and representation of environmental impacts, and the design of information systems for community-based design and planning. His work includes the use of serious games, visualization and mobile devices for data collection, information dissemination, and citizen engagement in landscape design and planning. Current interests include Georgia coastal residents' intentions to migrate in the face of climate-related change the roles of cultural information in regional planning, and a university global collaboration project, Changing our Global Infrastructure, with Esri and Geodesignhub. 

Carl Steinitz is the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Emeritus, at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. In 1967, Professor Steinitz received his PhD degree in City and Regional Planning, with a major in urban design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He also holds the Master of Architecture degree from MIT, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. His applied research and teaching focus on highly valued landscapes that are undergoing substantial pressures for change. He is principal author of Alternative Futures for Changing Landscapes (Island Press 2003), author of A Framework for Geodesign (Esri Press, 2012), and a founding coordinator of the International Geodesign Collaboration. Professor Steinitz received many honors, including the Outstanding Practitioner Award from the International Society of Landscape Ecology (1996), and the Carpenter Teaching Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects (2015).

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jack Dangermond

Part I: The International Geodesign Collaboration

Improving our global infrastructure

Geodesign systems

Design assumptions

Geodesign innovations

Part II: Geodesign projects

How to read the projects in this book

Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

University of Georgia, United States

Beijing Forestry University, China

University College London, United Kingdom

Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Peking  University,  China

Università di Cagliari, Italy

The University of Manchester, United Kingdom

The Pennsylvania State University, United States

Hochschule  Weihenstephan-Triesdorf,  Germany

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Tohoku  University,  Japan

Harvard University, United States

Harran  University,  Turkey

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, United States

Ankara  University,  Turkey

University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

University of New South Wales, Australia

University of Thessaly, Greece

Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

Chulalongkorn  University,  Thailand

Ritsumeikan  University,  Japan

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, United States

National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Iowa State University, United States

University of Seoul, South Korea

Oregon University System, United States

California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, United States

University of Virginia, United States

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Leibniz University Hannover, Germany (Lahn River region)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, United States

Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

School of Environment and Architecture, Mumbai, India

Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

University of Southern California, United States

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States

University of Basilicata, Italy

Texas A&M University, United States

Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela 

University College Dublin, Ireland

Georgia Institute of Technology, United States

Hiroshima  University,  Japan

San Diego State University, United States

University of California, Berkeley, United States

The University of Tokyo, Japan

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia 

National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan

Part III: Reflections

IGC 2019: What we learned

How geodesign processes shaped outcomes

The natural language of geodesign

Individual relections

Afterword and the direction forward

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