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The following applications and case studies have been provided by individuals and organizations working in the field with geodesign.


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Placer County Uses GeoPlanner

GeoPlanner, a web-based planning tool, lets Placer County apply geodesign principles to iteratively evaluate the impacts of various land-use scenarios. More

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Geodesign for Nose Creek

O2 Planning + Design used newly developed Geodesign technology to test the impacts of conceptual green-field development scenarios on water balance for the Nose Creek watershed. More

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Honolulu Uses Geodesign

The City and County of Honolulu applied geodesign concepts, that is, the incorporation of geographic knowledge into the design process, to more effectively analyze, compare, and visualize different scenarios for the key communities affected by the proposed development of a rail transit system. More

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The Redlands Experiment

At the first Geodesign Summit in Redlands California in 2010, Carl Steinitz proposed an initial experiment to test and compare the efficacy of the nine change models described in his book.

This idea was taken up by Jack Dangermond and several other persons, some of whom Carl had previously worked with. With significant support from Jack and ESRI, an agreement was made with the City of Redlands and the University of Redlands to conduct an experimental workshop that would be of help to the city regarding two prominent issues facing it.

The first was the preparation of a landscape plan for the city (which Redlands referred to as an open space plan). This was seen as 2-dimensional design. The other was the 3-dimensional design for a transit-oriented development near ESRI’s corporate campus. More

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Geodesign for South East Friesland

The Province and Waterboard of Friesland have decided to develop a long-term adaptation strategy for the peat meadow area of the province. Primary activities in this region are highly productive dairy farming, nature conservation, recreation and housing. The region is currently mainly used for commercial dairy farming but is also important for its high natural, cultural and historical values. Important problems in the region are soil subsidence causing damage to buildings and infrastructure, deterioration of landscape values, inefficient water management, poor water quality, and the changing perspectives for dairy farming.

Workshops were organised in three regions:
Groote Veenpolder;

These regions were assumed to be representative for Friesland.

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