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Geodesigning the Farm of the Future—Parameterizing for Climate Change

A key tenet of geodesign is interoperability between 3D modeling and geospatial analysis functionality. This project demonstrates how to bridge these traditionally separate tasks for climate change mitigating farm designs in Iowa, USA. The geodesign process implements parametric methods for proposing and interactively evaluating alternative farm design scenarios by: i. creating 3D computer models of existing farms and their operations, ii. using a Rhino-Grasshopper environment for iii. quantifying the impacts of scenarios on climate change, and iv. providing real time interaction to farmers for evaluating alternatives that are v. projected to the time horizons 2030 and 2050. The paper describes a 3rd year MLA design studio that looked at different farm types located in distinct landform regions in the state. Proposed design scenarios for the farm types, soy/corn binary rotation, large dairy, and bison farms are demonstrated, along with the corresponding metrics for climate change projected for 2030 and 2050. Farmer feedback and discussion of the significance and potential of such a tool are offered. 

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