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Five Minutes into the Future: An Argument for Taking a Longer View

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Last month, Esri held its Geodesign Summit, which is an annual gathering of professionals interested in using geospatial technologies to arrive at the best and most sustainable design solutions.

The event’s keynote speaker was Bran Ferren, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Applied Minds.  His organization invents and prototypes high technology products and innovative business concepts for the aerospace, defense, intelligence, automotive, architecture, computing, and consumer products sectors.

Needless to say Ferren provided a very innovative perspective on where the future of geodesign is headed.   In addition, he discussed how geodesign is becoming a new form of storytelling that will elevate the importance of key issues and global topics.

Farren also discussed how Geodesign plays a key role in “making things actionable in the course of human events.”  And, he provided a list of the new big six things that you may want to focus on in terms of Geodesign.

According to Farren, design is a privilege and there are three types of design:  reality-based design, fantasy-based design and bad design, which is the dominant form of design.  Farren pointed out how bad design is very dominant because many forces make it difficult to truly innovative.

This is merely a snapshot of many of the topics covered in the keynote address.  To hear a true innovator discuss the future of design, we highly recommend viewing this video below. (more…)

GeoDesign Futures: Possibilities, Probabilities, Certainties, and Wildcards

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Stephen Ervin of Harvard Graduate School of Design shares his perspective on the future direction of geodesign. He gave this presentation in January at the 2012 GeoDesign Summit.

Stephen M. Ervin is the Assistant Dean for Information Technology at Harvard Design School, Director of Computer Resources, and lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His MLA is from UMass/Amherst, his PhD from MIT, and he is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA). His current interests include Geodesign, innovation in digitally enabled design teaching and learning, and algorithmic design.

A pioneer in applications of computing in landscape architecture, planning and design, Ervin is the author of numerous articles, including “Digital Landscape Modeling, a Research Agenda”  and the book, co-authored with Hope Hasbrouck, ‘Landscape Modeling: Digital Techniques for Landscape Visualization’ (McGraw HIll 2001)

Geodesign Approaches to Land Use Planning and Urban Watershed Management

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Article source: O2 Planning + Design

Douglas Olson of O2 Planning + Design introduces new processes and tools that deal with the economic and political complexities of integrated land use and watershed planning. He gave this presentation at the 2012 GeoDesign Summit in January, 2012.


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