GeoDesign Summit Europe

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The first Geodesign Summit Europe was held in 2013, inspired by the Esri Geodesign Summit held annually in Redlands, California. It was the first gathering in Europe bringing together more than 200 designers, decision-makers, scientists, and students from 19 different countries. Attendees came with a common interest—to use geospatial technologies to arrive at the best and most sustainable design solutions possible for cities and regions.

With a particular focus on European case studies, the two-day summit provided a context where research met practice. The summit focused on geodesign frameworks and concepts, geospatial technologies that support geodesign and decision-making, and the sharing of real-world examples of geodesign in practice.

The second Summit took place in Delft and attracted a larger audience from over 20 countries. During this event the presentations were especially geared towards making cities more resilient against forces of nature and/or human impact (see also 2014 Presentations).

The third event in Salzburg emphasized geodesign as a tool for collaborative planning and design, a method for helping to work across scales and disciplines to find design solutions that improve people’s lives and the environment. There were some memorable presentations about the use of Minecraft and how geodesign is being applied in Scandinavia and Spain (see also 2015 Presentations).

The 2016 event, will once again be held in Delft. This year’s theme will be ‘Intercontinental Geodesign’ structured to foster discussions among participants from around the globe.
And like previous years, this year’s event will be preceded by one day of workshops and several practice-oriented sessions.

What is Geodesign?

Geodesign is an iterative design and planning method whereby an emerging design is influenced by (scientific) geospatial knowledge derived from geospatial technologies.
Whereas traditional planning and design processes separate context analysis, design, and evaluation into explicit steps, geodesign integrates the exploration of ideas with direct evaluation in the same moment, enabling an advanced design solution. In other words, the design impact can be examined through geospatial technology (simulations, modeling, visualization, and communication of design impacts) and be immediately fed back into the evolution of a design. This yields a fitter, more robust and context-sensitive design solution. Geodesign enables systems-thinking, which makes it an attractive approach for today's complex, dynamic, and multi-stakeholder design challenges.
For more reading see among others the Esri Press book by Prof. Carl Steinitz: ‘A Framework for Geodesign’.

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