Geodesign Technologies
PhD course: 26.-30. August 2019

© University of Copenhagen and Echtzeit GmbH

The PhD course will address Geodesign Technologies as means of recording, representing, translating, and communicating the Real World in urban and landscape planning/design processes. The course goes beyond classic methods based on physical models made from cardboard or clay and well-established digital techniques framed by 2D GIS and 3D CAD. Accordingly, the aim of the course is to embrace, demonstrate and discuss new, emerging technologies juxtapositioning the existing World on one hand, and its digital vs physical representations on the other.

Geodesign is a collective method for planning and design of our physical and social environment. It involves an iterative process of realization, describing, and analysing problems and potentials of our world, and sketching, formulating, co-creating, designing, and testing proposals. Thus, the implementation of a geodesign process encompasses multiple scales, themes, professions, and stakeholder groups. Many people and organisations rather than individual persons perform geodesign. Accordingly, qualified information exchange and mutual respect and understanding between participants is a core virtue.

Geodesign technologies strives to enable mediation of the processes and information exchanges involved. The course constitutes in particular the following topics:

  • Sandboxes: Tangible vs landscapes. Digital and physical representations of the terrain.
  • Augmented, virtual, and mixed realities
  • Drones for mapping, 3D modelling, and film making
  • Perception, aesthetics and creativity in relation to Geodesign Technologies in planning/design processes

Teaching will involve fundamental theoretical knowledge, discussion over concrete applications, and hands-on exercises involving both technology and design assignments. Prior to the course students must acquaint themselves with the course literature and prepare a short presentation of their PhD projects including expectations on how the course can contribute to their work.

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