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Collaborative geodesign for resiliency

Geodesign Summit in Netherlands, Europe

Netherlands, September 16, 2014: The Geodesign Summit Europe was held on September 11–12, 2014 in Delft, Netherlands.

The Summit explored how geodesign professionals could incorporate GIS into their discipline for building safer, smarter and more resilient communities.

The high note of the event, hosted by Delft University of Technology, in collaboration with Geodan, VU University Amsterdam and Esri, was the term ‘collaboration’ amongst various stakeholders during the town and infrastructure planning process.

It was noted that during planning stages, citizens as the most important stakeholders are often left out. It was also discussed how ‘feelings’ and suggestions of citizens can be incorporated during the design stage itself.

As Max Craglia, Joint Research Centre – European Commission, rightly stated in his keynote speech “we should geodesign with the people, not for the people”.

The keynote also outlined three interesting urban design initiatives: resilience.io, a GIS-based open-source city-region platform for collaborative, low-carbon governance supported by The Ecological Sequestration Trust; Send a City, an off-the-shelf city system that focuses on providing city essentials in remote locations; and Digital Delta, a large-scale research project for smart water management in Netherlands, jointly undertaken by Rijkswaterstaat, IBM, the Delfland Water Board, TU Delft, and Deltares.

The panel unequivocally expressed that integrating geospatial science into urban design could extend the analytical capabilities of city planners in creating a safer and sustainable urban environment.

Prof. Carl Steinitz, well-known geodesign evangelist, concluding the proceedings of the conference by discussing the geodesign framework and its applications.

Source: Our Correspondent