Geodesign Forum to Focus on Geospatial Technology to Create Sustainable, Healthier Communities

Etta Jackson, Founder and CEO of the Institute for Conscious Global Change

Etta Jackson, Founder and CEO of the Institute for Conscious Global Change

The University’s fifth annual Geodesign Forum, taking place Friday, Oct. 6, as part of DesignPhiladelphia, will focus on the role geodesign technology and modeling plays in the planning and design of the built environment for sustainable, active and healthier communities.

“Using GIS technology, state-of-the-art 3D modeling and the vision of organizations such as the United Nations, students have an incredible opportunity to explore innovative solutions to growing challenges of urbanization in ways that can have a global impact on sustainable community development,” said James Querry Jr., director and associate professor of the M.S. in Geospatial Technology for Geodesign program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

Sessions at the forum will include:

The Role of Geodesign in Achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Etta Jackson, Founder and CEO of the Institute for Conscious Global Change
The Institute for Conscious Global Change (ICGC) was founded to help eradicate poverty across the planet. With the advent of the Millennium 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. A proof-of-concept and current pilot project will be highlighted in this session.

Russ McIntire, Assistant Professor at Jefferson College of Population Health

Russ McIntire, Assistant Professor at Jefferson College of Population Health

Geospatial-Based Analyses Toward SDG #3: Good Health and Well-Being
Russ McIntire, Assistant Professor at Jefferson College of Population Health
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 around the world. The talk will examine opportunities and challenges with using geospatial-based methods to improve public health in developing regions.

Regenerative Planning and Designing for Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods
2017 Geodesign and Sustainable Design Graduate Students at Jefferson
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, the students identified aggressive goals, which lead to the comprehensive and regenerative design.

Spatial Analytics in Sustainable Design: Measuring the Success of Design
Tatianna Swenda, Adjunct Professor of Geospatial Technology at Jefferson, and Max Zahniser, Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Design at Jefferson
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. However, even those are misleading if they don’t include surrounding context and they omit considerations with respect to district scale dynamics.

Eric Wittner, Product Manager for CityEngine and Procedural Technology at Esri

Eric Wittner, Product Manager for CityEngine and Procedural Technology at Esri

The Use of 3D Procedural Modeling in Urban Design and Planning
Eric Wittner, Product Manager for CityEngine and Procedural Technology at Esri
This session will explore how Esri’s tools and technology can be used in the process of sustainable design, specifically showing procedural generation of 3D content, interactive live 3D analytics and real-time dashboards. The presentation will include how to integrate data from a variety of sources, such as BIM, SketchUp and other modeling and design technologies, into GIS, and 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.

GIS, 3D Modeling and Geodesign for Sustainable Design and Development takes place Friday, Oct. 6, from 1-5 p.m. in the Bluemle Life Sciences Building at 233 S. 10th St., on Jefferson’s Center City Campus. Visit here for more info on Jefferson’s DesignPhiladelphia programs.

Posted in University Headlines