Monday, February 9, 2015

Teaching GeoDesign: A Campus-Wide Initiative

GeoDesign, a GIS component that dates back to 1452, have become the latest news of GIS in the 20th century. Through studying GeoDesign, GIS has brought the idea of Ecology and Technology together in a way that we can discover any “hidden patterns beneath [the] surface” of nature. Before GeoDesign, abstraction of the world has been present. Before this helpful tool that connects design with geography, we could not understand the multi-surfaces of the world so easily. Now with Geodesign present, we can comprehend the geographical aspects of the world with less difficulty.  

How GeoDesign works is it brings ‘geospatial computing capacity into the process of design,” meaning it enables the creative thoughts of designers in order to translate geographic analysis into built forms using geospatial data. Geodesign can be used to project something that could happen in the near future by connecting different layers of the relevant problem together and may project possible ways to change it. Geodesign has the power to bring institutions together through shared visions, technology, and a shared goal.

Lee, M.C. (2012), Teaching GeoDesign: A Campus-Wide Initiative, Sustainability on the UT Campus: A Symposium.

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