The World Beyond GIS

GeoDesign is the term given to a design and planning method that unites the creation of design proposals with simulations of impact informed by geographic context. This article provides a summary of this new computer-aided, multidisciplinary design technique. GeoDesign has been defined a set of techniques and enabling technologies for planning built and natural environments in an integrated process. With GeoDesign, a complete picture of a finished project can be created from an early planning stage. Software designers are merging applications or designing new ones that enable GeoDesign. In addition, many university design programs are developing integrated, multidisciplinary studios or courses that make use of GeoDesign techniques. To illustrate how GeoDesign can be used, an example is given of a developer who wishes to find a parcel of land suitable for development. GeoDesign would aid in the search for an appropriate parcel, along with providing a depiction of the site’s setback requirements, local development requirements and impact on the transportation network. GeoDesign could also be used for performing skyline and energy analyses of the potential building—all before the developer even bids on the parcel.


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  • Pagination: pp 20-23
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  • Accession Number: 01165545
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2010 8:31AM