Visualizing Sustainable Planning

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we are a part of, the current discussions of global recession in the media alerts us to the occasional perils of the globalized economic system. The globally dispersed, intricately integrated, and hyper-complex socio-economic-ecological system is d- ficult to analyze, comprehend and communicate without effective visualization tools. Given that planners are at the frontlines in the effort to prepare as well as build res- ience in the impacted communities, appropriate visualization tools are indispensable for effective planning. Second, planners have largely been slow to incorporate the advances in visuali- tion research emerging from other domains of inquiry. The research on visualizing 3-dimensional environments have now entered the mainstream of computer science with a number of highly cited articles. Other disciplines, such as graphic design, geography and cartography have also lead in the development of new forms of vi- alization and communication, both conceptually and technologically. In contrast, the literature on modeling and visualization in planning has relied heavily on g- graphic information systems (GIS) tools that continue to provide two-dimensional spatial maps in formats not significantly different from those of a decade ago. This is not to suggest that research on planning support systems and GIS have been stagnant. Integrated models of transportation-land use-environment have become more sophisticated and several operational models are currently in use. Regardless, visualization research in planning has not kept pace with these developments. This volume attempts to redress this gap in the planning literature.
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About the author

Prof. Dr. Hans Hagen:

March 1982: PhD (Mathematics), University of Dortmund

1983-1986: Assistant Professor at Arizona State University

1986-1988: Professor (C3), TU Braunschweig

since 1988: Professor (C4), University of Kaiserslautern

Hans Hagen is heading the research group for Computer Graphics and Computer Geometry at University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He is both national and international a pioneer in his research domains geometric modeling and scientific visualization.

Prof. Dr. Subhrajit Guhathakurta:

1987: MCRP, Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

1991: Ph. D., City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

1992-93: Visiting Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University, Ames

1993-94: Research Associate, Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics and Institute of Urban and Regional Development, UC Berkeley

1994-2000: Assistant Professor, School of Planning and Landscape Architecture, Arizona State University

Mar-Jun 2000: Visiting Faculty, School of Geographical Sciences and Planning, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Oct 2000-Jan 2001: Visiting Faculty, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, India

since 2000: Associate Professor, School of Planning and Landscape Architecture, Arizona State University

Prof. Guhathakurta has developed a keen interest in urban modeling since his involvement with Prof. John Landis at UC Berkeley and the California Urban Futures Modeling effort.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Steinebach:

1979: Received ‘Diploma Spatial and Environmental Planning’ (Dipl.-Ing. Raum- und Umweltplanung) at University of Kaiserslautern

1979-1987: Research Assistant, University of Kaiserslautern

1987: PhD (Dr.-Ing. Raum- und Umweltplanung), University of Kaiserslautern

1988-2000: Co-Founder and Managing Director of ‘Forschungs- und Informationsgesellschaft der Raum- und Umweltplanung (FIRU)’

1997-1999: Visiting Professor, University of Kaiserslautern

Since 1999: Professor (C4), University of Kaiserslautern

Gerhard Steinebach is a recognized expert in his research domains: ‘Urban ecology - focusing on the environmental impacts of development’, ‘Conversion of military and industrial brownfields’ and ‘Management of planning procedures’.

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This volume is the result of an invited symposium titled "Integrated Land-Use and Environmental Models: A Survey of Current Applications and Research" that was held in October 2000 at Arizona State University. The idea for the symposium arose from a belief held by many academics that we are at the watershed of a new generation of models that are more dynamic, more pragmatic, more interdiscipli nary, and more amenable to collaborative decision making. Several academics and professionals engaged in urban research had long realized that domain-specific knowledge was inadequate for understanding and managing urban growth. While interdisciplinary approaches have become critical in most social research, one general area of knowledge that stands out as having the most wide-ranging impact on current urban modeling efforts is the field comprised of environmental sciences and ecology. The symposium offered a forum for academics and professionals engaged in urban and ecological modeling to exchange ideas and experiences, specifically in areas that overlapped urban and environmental issues. The contri butions to this volume highlight the progress made in the various efforts to build integrated urban and environmental models. More importantly, each chapter shows how ideas have diffused across disciplinary boundaries to create better policy-relevant models. In addition, this book outlines some promising areas of research that could make important contributions to the field of urban and envi ronmental modeling. Integrated thinking about urban and environmental issues has been fundamental to the concept of sustainability.
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