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About Melissa

Melissa is a licensed architect,  currently practicing as an urban designer at NBBJ. She works on a variety of projects, including the development of digital planning tools for healthcare and academic master plans, mixed-use development, and civic work for a variety of municipalities. She recently completed a fellowship to study high speed rail systems throughout the world, focusing on their impact on urban places. She has a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee, and a Certificate in Design Education from the Boston Architectural College. She has worked as a studio instructor at Harvard University and the University of Tennessee, and as lead faculty at the Boston Architectural College.

Presentation abstract

Geodesign: Challenges in Practice

Geodesign advocates a tight iterative process including analysis, stakeholder participation and collaboration, design creation, simulation, and evaluation (among other stages). Results from each phase of work are routinely used to improve the design model, refine, and produce new scenarios. In theory, the practice is achievable. In practice, the theory is challenging. Using a case study suitability analysis, this presentation will highlight challenges that practitioners face in applying a full Geodesign process to their work and discuss how tools like GeoPlanner can help address those challenges.

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