Geodesign Forum

2017 Geodesign Forum Presentations

Etta Jackson
The Role of Geodesign in Achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Institute for Conscious Change, was founded to help eradicate poverty across the planet.  With the advent of the Millenium Earth Project, ICGC, in special consultative status with the United Nations, quickly established GIS and Geodesign as an enabling technology to help achieve the UN 2030 goals for sustainable development.  Featured will be a proof-of-concept and current pilot project.


Russ McIntire
Geospatial-Based Analyses Toward SDG #3: Good Health and Well Being

This presentation will summarize targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #3 that relate to non-communicable diseases and will feature geospatial-based projects and methods used to address non-communicable diseases in the U.S that are applicable across the globe.  We will examine opportunities and challenges with using geospatial-based methods to improve the public's health in developing regions.


2017 Geodesign and Sustainable Design Graduate Students
Title: Regenerative Planning and Designing for Philadelphia's Neighborhoods

This project explores the integration of sustainable practices at the urban scale attempting to create adaptive reuse of the City Branch of Philadelphia (AKA, The Rail Park, Phase 2). The design process consisted of analyzing the site from basic elemental lenses, identified as Air, Water, Earth, Fire (Energy), Experience, Culture, Fauna and Flora. Upon this research, aggressive goals were identified, which lead to the comprehensive and regenerative design.


Tatianna Swenda and Max Zahniser
Spatial Analytics in Sustainable Design:  Measuring the Success of Design

Truly sustainable design always seeks to understand the interdependencies between a project and its nested systems. Building energy modeling, indoor airflow modeling, indoor focused daylight modeling, and other common green building design technologies are critical to optimizing the design of a building. Even those however are misleading if they do not include surrounding context, and they omit considerations with respect to district scale dynamics that could substantially change and enhance building passive design and optimization, as well as district scale planning and design that would make all buildings within that district greener at square one. 


Eric Wittner, Esri
The Use of 3D Procedural Modeling in Urban Design and Planning

An in-depth exploration of how Esri's tools and technology can be utilized in the process of sustainable design, specifically showing procedural generation of 3D content, interactive live 3D analytics, and real-time dashboards. Included in the presentation is how to integrate data from a variety of sources, such as BIM, SketchUp, and other modeling and design technologies into GIS, then how to share designs with stakeholders through Esri's web-based, mobile, and VR interactive tools. Lastly Esri's vision for 3D technology and the future direction of CityEngine will be presented.