Spatial and Planning Analysis Methods in a Digital World

AESOP Co-Chair : Michele Campagna, University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
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ACSP Co-Chair : Jeff Brown, Florida State University, USA
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Track Description

We live in a globalised accelerating networked world, where Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are pervasively affecting the way we interact, work, and recreate. In turn, these technologies also determine how our activity space functions. An unprecedented amount of information is publicly available and should allow for better understanding of the real world dynamics and for more informed and collaborative decision-making.

Do the current ICT resources feed well into the spatial and planning analysis methods? In which ways are the technologically-enabled spatial and planning analysis methods adopted by professional planners? What are the effects these methods exert on planning practice? Do they ensure more sustainable and resilient outcomes? Are academics dealing with the availability and applicability of digital methods and information resources in current planning courses and curricula?

We invite academics and practitioners from planning and related disciplines to share their progress in answering those questions by framing theories, methods and practical experiences in the use of ICT in planning. We welcome contributions which aim to clarify, among other issues, how and to what extent spatial analysis and digital planning methods may improve traditional theoretical models and planning practices, and support building real-time institutional effectiveness and community commitment. Such themes as spatial analysis and models, Spatial Data Infrastructures, crowdsourcing / Volunteered Geographic Information, Planning Support Systems, Geodesign and Smart Cities are particularly welcome, but the track is open for other relevant themes.

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