Monday, February 13, 2017

Teaching GeoDesign: A Campus-Wide Initiative

GeoDesign is one of the newest buzzes going around the Geographic Information System community. There are three key arguments for teaching GeoDesign:
 1. being that there will be a partition of knowledges coming from different disciplines, there is a education program that is neatly organized so schools can teach it how ever they desire.
2. There will be a better separation of humans and nature. Basically meaning that with this GeoDesign program, we as a human race can have the right to own and exploit the planet, furthering our discoveries of our home.
3. "The abstraction of reality". This gives us the ability to study our planet in layers and look at the measurable properties, boarders and all other "controllable" features.

Lee, Ming-Chun. Teaching GeoDesign: A Campus-Wide Initiative. 2012


  1. I wonder if "improved separation of humans and nature" is actually advantageous for long-term sustainability of human civilization? Considering much of the ecological challenges currently facing the planet stem from people thinking and interacting with the natural world as if they are removed from it or somehow above it. I could see where this technology could be very useful in monitoring the Edward's Aquifer (central Texas's primary water source) to keep track of point-source pollution, use by different municipals or private companies, regional threatened species, impervious surfaces, contributing streams, etc. I would be curious to hear more about how information from different disciplines is coordinated through GeoDesign programs.

  2. It would be cool to see the layer of West Nile and a layer representing economic status together. I wonder what the correlation would be between the two.