Project

LA 3581L Geodesign Fundamentals for Environmental Designers

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Spring 2019

The close relationship between GIS and Environmental Design has been established more than half a century ago. The integration of spatial thinking, the focus on what occurs on the earth surface, and the FALL 2018/SPRING 2019 LA3581 Geodesign Fundamental for Environmental Designers 2 goal to analyze natural and social systems to support decision-making are all common concerns of GIS and Environmental Design. Historically and currently, for instance, landscape architects have brought important contribution to the development of GIS in both academia and the GIS industry. For the new generation of environmental design students, GIS is not simply a tool that can help you collect, manage and analyze landscape information, but also an important way of thinking and a systematic approach that helps understanding the underlying process of natural and social systems. The overarching goal of this course is to empower environmental design students with up-to-date geographic information knowledge, principles, technologies, skills and tools in the practice of geodesign. Students will develop practical experience and skills for the representation of inventories, evaluation of the status quote, involvement of natural and social process, monitoring and proposing change, assessment of impacts of changes along different dimensions of a comprehensive landscape system. In the course, the instructor(s) will reshape general GIS knowledge and applications to fit the need of planners and designers, who can apply such knowledge and technologies to conduct fundamental geospatial analyses and modeling to support decision-making in their practice. Topic lecture with background theories and practical application examples, in class demonstration and exercises, off class assignments and project are designed to help students understand fundamental GIS theories, principles and models, and develop practical skills of using mainstream GIS packages such as ESRI ArcGIS to handle and analyze geospatial data and apply them in solving a variety of design and planning problems.