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Geodesign and Urban and Regional Planning

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GIS for planners

Planners deal with a dizzying array of challenges on a daily basis, including housing, climate change, transportation, and access to parks and open spaces. One of the factors unifying them all is location. GIS provides easy-to-use tools that allow planning students to understand and to solve these complex urban and regional issues.

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GIS for urban design

Spatial tools allow urban designers to effectively assess and understand the complex interplay of land use, transportation, demographics, and the environment. GIS provides a framework to allow effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders. Urban design students have the ability to understand and present data in its spatial context to foster engagement and inform decision-making.

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Human-centered design puts emotions first

A Georgia Southern University professor encourages students to adopt a human-centered mindset to improve data-driven design solutions.

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