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Visualizing Sustainable Planning

Steinebach, Gerhard, Guhathakurta, Subhrajit, Hagen, Hans (Eds.)

2009, xiv, 262 p. 104 illus. 83 in color.

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  • Presents the State of the art in visualization of urban and regional planning
  • Reflects the work of an interdisciplinary team
  • Brings together a rich compendium of visualization tools

The authors present the state of the art in the rapidly growing field of visualization as related to problems in urban and regional planning. The significance and timeliness of this volume consist in its reflection of several developments in literature and the challenges cities are facing. First, the unsustainability of many of our current paradigms of development has become evidently clear. We are entering an era in which communities across the globe are strengthening their connections to the global flows of capital, goods, ideas, technologies and values while facing at the same time serious dislocations in their traditional socioeconomic structures. While the impending scenarios of climate change impacts remind us about the integrated ecological system that we are part of, the current discussions about global recession in the media alert us and make us aware of the occasional perils of the globalized economic system. The globally dispersed, intricately integrated and hyper-complex socioeconomic-ecological system is difficult 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 resilience in the impacted communities, appropriate visualization tools are indispensable for effective planning. Second, planners have largely been slow to incorporate the advances in visualization research emerging from other domains of inquiry. Findings of research in other disciplines, such as graphic design, geography and cartography also lead to the development of new forms of visualization and communication.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Climate Impacts - Environmental Aspects - Noise Modeling and Impact - Town Planning - Visualization - information visualization - modeling

Related subjects » Geography - Image Processing - Theoretical Computer Science

Table of contents 

Planning.- Planning Sustainable Living.- Visualizing Planning for a Sustainable World.- GIS-based Applications and the English Planning System: Modeling Town Centers and Housing Potential.- Monitoring the Effective and Efficient Use of Land: The English Approach.- Augmented Reality and Immersive Scenarios in Urban Planning.- Environmental Issues.- Urban Meteorological Modeling.- Urban Drainage Modeling and Flood Risk Management.- Environmental Noise.- Work-Facilitating Information Visualization Techniques for Complex Wastewater Systems.- Simulation and Visualization of Indoor Acoustics Using Phonon Tracing.- Case Study.- Digital Phoenix Project: A Multidimensional Journey through Time.- PhD-Theses.- Estimating Residential Building Types from Demographic Information at a Neighborhood Scale.- Visualization of Sustainability Indicators: A Conceptual Framework.- Modeling Dynamic Land-Use Transition for Transportation Sustainability.- Sustainable Phoenix: Lessons from the Dutch Model.- Toward Dynamic Real-Time Informative Warning Systems.

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