Carl Steinitz Explains Geodesign Process in New Esri Press Book

Dr. Carl Steinitz

Dr. Carl Steinitz

A Framework for Geodesign: Changing Geography by Design, published by Esri Press, details the procedures that pioneer landscape architect and planner Carl Steinitz developed for the implementation of geodesign in the planning process.

Geodesign is a methodology that provides a design framework and supporting technology to leverage geographic information, resulting in designs that more closely follow natural systems.

Describing A Framework for Geodesign, author Steinitz says, “This book should be seen as a discussion with examples, intended to illustrate the issues and choices involved in the organization and management of large and complex geodesign studies and projects.”

Steinitz’ framework is shaped by a set of six key questions he developed while analyzing and refining the geodesign process:

  • How should the study area be described?
  • How does the study area function?
  • Is the current study area working well?
  • How might the study area be altered?
  • What difference might the changes cause?
  • How should the study area be changed?
A Framework for Geodesign: Changing Geography by Design

A Framework for Geodesign: Changing Geography by Design

“Geodesign is a vision for using geographic knowledge to actively and thoughtfully design,” says Jack Dangermond, Esri president. “It will link and build the next generation of both geography and design. What Carl’s book does so powerfully is find the common ground between the science of geography and the methods of design. Its publication marks a milestone in the evolution of geodesign, and it will be used for many generations as a framework for creating our common future.”

Carl Steinitz is the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Emeritus, at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. For more information about Steinitz and his work, read “A Conversation with Carl Steinitz” by Carla Wheeler in the April 2012 issue of ArcWatch. Steinitz will be available to autograph his book at the Esri International User Conference on Tuesday, July 24, between noon and 1:30 p.m. in the Spatial Outlet.

A Framework for Geodesign: Changing Geography by Design (ISBN: 978-1-58948-333-0, 224 pages, US$79.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at esri.com/esripress, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit esri.com/esripressorders for complete ordering options, or visit esri.com/distributors to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

[Source: Esri press release]

New Book Details Benefits of Geodesign in Planning

Geodesign: Case Studies in Regional and Urban PlanningGeodesign: Case Studies in Regional and Urban Planning, a new book from Esri, is an important addition to the growing body of knowledge contributing to our understanding of the geodesign process.

“Geodesign provides a new way of thinking that integrates science and analysis into the design process,” says author Shannon McElvaney, project manager at Esri. “It gives designers robust tools that support the rapid evaluation of different designs and visualization of the probable impacts of those design alternatives. Ultimately, the geodesign process helps us move from designing around nature to designing with it.”

Geodesign: Case Studies in Regional and Urban Planning presents case studies from around the world that exemplify the key steps, processes, and technologies crucial to geodesign. The book illustrates the burgeoning need today for simulating the impact of design decisions in near real time, enabling decision makers to meet or exceed goals of sustainability, regulatory compliance, cost reduction, or social equity. The book will be of particular interest to urban planners, geographers, and landscape architecture faculty and students.

Geodesign: Case Studies in Regional and Urban Planning (ISBN: 978-1-58948-316-3, 160 pages, US$19.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at esri.com/esripress, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit esri.com/esripressorders for complete ordering options, or visit esri.com/distributors to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

[Source: Esri press release]

New Book “Tribal GIS” Details Native American Use of Geospatial Technology

Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Decision Making Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Decision Making chronicles the challenges and successes of Native American tribes in implementing and using geographic information systems (GIS) to address their unique circumstances as sovereign nations.

Published by Esri Press, the book provides Native American policy makers, administrators, scientists, and instructors with information on how GIS and the spatial perspective can be used to make their organizations more efficient and effective. It illustrates how they can use GIS to solve problems on their lands and in tribal programs on local, regional, and national levels.

“Native American tribal governments are some of the earliest adopters of GIS technology and have used it to support thousands of programs and initiatives,” says Jack Dangermond, Esri president. “As GIS has evolved into an enterprise platform for information management, many tribes are establishing enterprise GIS platforms within their governments, enabling them to better address the complex challenges of sovereign nations.”

Tribal GIS was coauthored by Anne Taylor, David Gadsden, Joseph J. Kerski, and Heather Warren. The book offers insight into how tribal governments and supporting organizations are employing GIS, from day-to-day operations to special projects for tribal leadership. Tribal GIS also highlights how GIS is being used to embrace a new movement in tribal governance toward improving citizen services, decision support for community leadership, sustained economic development, and the protection of tribal assets.

“The importance of the book, in my view, is that the people telling the stories are actually working with GIS on a day-to-day basis in tribal governments, colleges, schools, and other organizations,” says Kerski. “These people are dedicated and visionary, and their stories are real, diverse, and powerful.”

Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Decision Making (ISBN: 978-1-58948-320-0, 174 pages, US$19.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at esri.com/esripress, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit esri.com/esripressorders for complete ordering options, or visit esri.com/distributors to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

[Source: Esri press release]

Free e-book “Essays on Geography and GIS, Vol. 4” Now Available

Essays on Geography and GIS, Vol. 4The popular “Essays on Geography and GIS” e-book series brings together a broad range of articles written by academicians and scientists dealing with trends in geography, geospatial matters, and GIS.  More than 100,000 copies of the first three volumes have been downloaded over the last three and a half years. Today, Esri released Volume 4 in this series, which features the following articles:

  • Through the Macroscope: Geography’s View of the World
  • A Role for Old-Fashioned Geographia in Education
  • Zen and the Art of GIS Communication
  • Ecosystem Services—Learning to Leverage Natural Capital
  • Looking Forward: Five Thoughts on the Future of GIS
  • The Future Looks Bright for Spatial Thinkers
  • Scaling Up Classroom Maps
  • Managing Our Man-Made Ecosystems
  • GIS and Geography: Interactions with the Humanities
  • The Challenge of Defining Geo-Literacy
  • Let’s Exchange Competition for Cooperation
  • A National GIS Infrastructure for Health Research
  • The Intersection of GIS and Gaming
  • Understanding Our World
  • From Maps to GeoDesign
  • Making Sense of Our Sensored Planet
  • Hand in Hand—Spatial Information for Latin America
  • Delivering GIS in a Period of Unsustainable Growth

Read Vol. 4 [PDF]

The first three volumes are also still available:

Esri Press Publishes Collection of Geospatial Lessons for Universities

SpatiaLABS from Esri Press

SpatiaLABS from Esri Press.

SpatiaLABS Teach College Students Spatial Thinking and Analysis Skills

SpatiaLABS from Esri Press are independent computer lab activities that introduce, enhance, and reinforce spatial reasoning and analytic skills that apply to a variety of disciplines. Students working with SpatiaLABS use mapping technology and visualization tools, including Esri’s ArcGIS software, to solve real-world problems.

The unique lab activities focus on teaching students how to approach a spatial problem rather than the mechanics of geospatial tools. Covering a broad range of subjects, SpatiaLABS include more than 50 titles such as Forest Planning for Sensitive Wildlife Species, Impacts of Sea Level Rise and Storms on Manhattan, Predicting West Nile Virus Outbreaks, and Customer Profiling: Demographic and Lifestyle Segmentation.

“I introduced all the topics from the [SpatiaLABS] description list to the class and then let the students pick the material they were interested in. I was intrigued with how devoted students became to doing these labs and how hard they were willing to work to discover the meaning of the information,” says Dave Skiles, GIS program coordinator, Front Range Community College.

Delivered on DVD, the labs are provided in editable file formats to allow educators to customize each lab for their specific courses or include local data if desired. The level of difficulty and time to complete each lab varies, providing a range of materials instructors can use to accommodate students with different abilities and interests.

SpatiaLABS are available for an annual site license fee. To learn more and to order, visit esri.com/spatialabs or call 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit esri.com/distributors to contact your local Esri distributor.

[Source: Esri press release]

New Book — Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment

Practicing Geography Whether you are just beginning as a major, taking classes toward a GIS certificate, working on an advanced degree, or considering a career change, geography can lead to exceptional career opportunities.

Practicing Geography is about making the most of these opportunities. Geographers are in demand in business, government, nonprofit and education sectors for the range of knowledge, abilities and skills they bring to their work. The book addresses how to explore, prepare, and advance in your career and how to deal with related challenges you will face in your work and life.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface: A World of Opportunity: Discovering and Managing Careers in Geography, Michael Solem, Kenneth Foote, and Janice Monk

SECTION I: Preparing for a Career in Business, Government, and Nonprofit Organizations
Chapter 1: Part Strategy and Serendipity: A Candid Guide to Career Planning for Geographers, Alyson L. Greiner and Thomas A. Wikle
Chapter 2: Geography Education and Career Readiness, Joy K. Adams, Niem Tu Huynh, Joseph J. Kerski, and G. Brent Hall
Chapter 3: Switching Sectors: Transitioning into and among Business, Government, and Nonprofit Careers, Joy K. Adams
Chapter 4: The Value of An Internship Experience For Early Career Geographers, R. Denise Blanchard, Mark L. Carter, Robert B. Kent, Christopher A. Badurek
Chapter 5: Professional Networking, Tina Cary

SECTION II: Understanding Career Opportunities
Chapter 6: Geography Careers in State and Local Government, William M. Bass and Richard D. Quodomine
Chapter 7: Emerging and Expanding Career Opportunities in the Federal Government, Allison M. Williams, Molly E. Brown, Erin Moriarty, and John A. Wertman
Chapter 8: Geography Careers in Large Businesses and Corporations, Amy J. Blatt and Michael F. Ziolkowski
Chapter 9: Geography and the Nonprofit Sector, Lia D. Shimada and Jeremy Tasch
Chapter 10: Starting a Small Geography Business, Kelsey Brain
Chapter 11: Going Global: Practicing Geography Internationally, Carrie Mitchell and Mélanie Robertson
Chapter 12: Teaching Geography Inside and Outside the Classroom, Susan M. Heffron
Chapter 13: Geography Careers in Consulting, Susanne C. Moser and Angela J. Donelson

SECTION III: Achieving Career Satisfaction Now and Into the Future
Chapter 14: “Work” and “Life”: Crossing Boundaries of Time, Space, and Place, Janice Monk
Chapter 15: Practical Ethics for Professional Geographers, Francis Harvey
Chapter 16: Creating the Life You Want: Lifelong Professional Development for Geographers, Pauline E. Kneale and Larch Maxey

This book also introduces you to dozens of geographers applying their knowledge, skills and perspectives in communities, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations both domestically and internationally. These profiles highlight the diversity of geography and geographers and show in practical terms the decisions real people make about their work and careers.

As a supplement to this book, additional profiles and career resources are available at www.aag.org/careers.

You can order your copy of Practicing Geography at www.pearsonhighered.com

New Book Presents Latest Crime Mapping and Analysis Methods

This workbook is designed for both classroom instruction and self-study.

This workbook is designed for both classroom instruction and self-study.

GIS Tutorial for Crime Analysis, the new workbook from Esri Press, combines step-by-step tutorials with independent exercises to teach readers the skills needed to apply mapping and analysis to police work.

Designed for both classroom instruction and self-study, the book includes a 180-day trial version of ArcGIS 10 for Desktop software and real crime data obtained from the Pittsburgh Police Bureau and the Allegheny County 911 Center in Pennsylvania. An instructor resource DVD is available from Esri Press by request.

GIS Tutorial for Crime Analysis is an invaluable resource to those in law enforcement who are involved in crime mapping and analysis,” says Lew Nelson, Esri’s director of global law enforcement solutions. “It provides practical exercises that are beneficial to both novice and experienced GIS specialists.”

The book is coauthored by Wilpen L. Gorr and Kristen S. Kurland. Gorr is a professor of public policy and management information systems; Kurland is a professor of architecture, information systems, and public policy. Both teach at the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

GIS Tutorial for Crime Analysis (ISBN: 978-1-58948-214-2, 296 pages, US$79.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at esri.com/esripress, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit esri.com/esripressorders for complete ordering options, or visit esri.com/distributors to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

[Source: Esri press release]

New Book Explores the Impact of GIS on Virtual Reality

Virtual Geographic EnvironmentsVirtual Geographic Environments, from Esri Press, is a collection of key papers written by leading members of the geospatial community that examines the relationship between GIS and virtual geographic environments (VGE). Edited by professors Hui Lin and Michael Batty, the book is organized into five sections, beginning with a primer on VGEs and followed by an exploration of virtual cities and landscapes, interface design and public participation, mobile and networked VGEs, and finally dynamics in visualization.

“With the migration of GIS technologies to decentralized web-based services and cloud computing applications, and the seamless interaction between remote servers and various clients, the geographic environment is now highly important to the way users interact with the system and each other, which is central to the use of virtual reality technologies,” write Lin and Batty.

Lin is professor and director of the Institute of Space and Earth Information Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and chief editor of the journal Annals of GIS. Batty is Bartlett professor of planning at University College London, where he directs the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis.

“The creation of virtual geographic environments is essential to the GeoDesign process,” says Jack Dangermond, Esri president. “VGE allows the exploration of various construction options and opportunities that can ultimately save time and cost, as well as minimize the environmental impact of the completed structure. This book provides insight into the vast potential of virtual geographic environments.”

Virtual Geographic Environments (ISBN: 978-1-58948-318-7, 364 pages, US$49.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at esri.com/esripress, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit esri.com/esripressorders for complete ordering options, or visit esri.com/distributors to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

[Source: Esri press release]

New Book: Hydraulic Modeling and GIS

Hydraulic Modeling and GIS offers best practices for integrating GIS with a hydraulic model.

Hydraulic Modeling and GIS offers best practices for integrating GIS with a hydraulic model.

Written by water industry professionals, Hydraulic Modeling and GIS specifies the steps necessary to effectively integrate hydraulic models with a GIS. The book offers best practices and explains how to navigate challenges.

The well-designed integration of a hydraulic model with GIS provides ready access to mission-critical data for water/wastewater professionals. As a result, risk-of-failure analysis, repair and replacement, capacity assessment, capital improvement planning, and numerous other water utility applications run more efficiently and more effectively.

Steps detailed in the book for a successful integration include the following:

  • Establish a common vision, including data design, among stakeholders.
  • Develop a standard methodology for assigning unique IDs to all utility assets.
  • Reconcile GIS data to obtain a dataset suitable for ongoing hydraulic modeling.
  • Define topology rules to ensure continued database integrity.
  • Migrate corrected and added features and attributes from the hydraulic model to the GIS.

Esri’s global water/wastewater industry manager Lori Armstrong edited Hydraulic Modeling and GIS, which was written in collaboration with the American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, and International Water Association. The book is recommended for water, wastewater, and storm water professionals, including engineers, managers, data managers and modelers, technicians, and water industry consultants.

Hydraulic Modeling and GIS (ISBN: 978-1-58948-301-9, 82 pages, US$11.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at esri.com/esripress, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit esri.com/esripressorders for complete ordering options or visit esri.com/distributors to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

For additional information on Esri’s GIS solutions for water and wastewater, visit esri.com/water-wastewater.

[Source: Esri press release]

GeoDesign Case Studies Sought

Esri logoEsri is actively seeking GeoDesign case studies for possible publication. The objective is to demonstrate GeoDesign principles in practice as a way to communicate these concepts to folks who are interested in learning more about GeoDesign. The cases need to be actual cases, not theoretical demonstrations. Cases may qualify for use in a GeoDesign Case Study book (currently being written), or they may be used as GeoDesign stories for publication in ArcNews or elsewhere.

The stipulation is that the GeoDesign case studies involve some aspect of:

  • ArcGIS technology
  • design in geographic space
  • identification of issues
  • process evaluation and analysis
  • impact simulations
  • fast iteration
  • alternative scenario generation and comparison
  • decision making

Additionally, they could involve but are not restricted to demonstrating:

  • Sketching
  • Workflow integration
  • Collaboration
  • 3D and 4D visualization
  • Holism and interdependency
  • Science- and value-based decision making

All materials (e.g., written contributions, images, photos, maps, models, data) must allow permission for use in publication. If you are interested in sharing your GeoDesign solutions or have questions, please contact Shannon McElvaney at smcelvaney@esri.com.