World’s First GeoDesign Summit to Explore GIS Technology and Design

headquartersAttendees from across Disciplines Will Take Part in Defining and Advancing a New Approach

Professionals and academics will gather at ESRI headquarters in Redlands, California, January 6–8, 2010, for the first GeoDesign Summit. Geodesign brings geographic information system (GIS) technology into any type of design process such as developing a community project or conducting scientific research. Participants will introduce the first generation of geodesign concepts, technologies, and tools, drawing from the international group’s experience in a variety of disciplines.

This diverse group of thinkers will have many opportunities to contribute their opinions, innovations, problems, and solutions. Keynote speakers, lightning talks, brainstorming workshops, cross-disciplinary hands-on learning, and idea labs will spur conversations and encourage further exploration of the marriage of design and GIS.

With geodesign, geographic analysis is brought into a design process early on, when initial design sketches are evaluated against spatial data. Land-use and transportation planners, engineers, and others who use location information can benefit from this strong design framework. The resulting designs more closely follow natural systems, which benefits both people and nature and makes for a more synergistic coexistence.

For more information, visit www.geodesignsummit.com. Online registration is opening soon.

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