Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture) delivered a keynote address at the 2010 GeoDesign Summit last January. GeoDesign, a new field, incorporates geographic knowledge into design in an integrative manner using new technological tools to analyze existing environments. Carla Wheeler covers Fisher's keynote for ESRI's ArcWatch. Wheeler reports Fisher identified one of the advantages GeoDesign offers: making problems related to the "exponentially increasing stress on the systems we depend on" visual. "They are easier to ignore when they are abstractions," said Fisher. "Because we have been designing the world without data-rich knowledge of consequences, we've created a situation where we've made ourselves vulnerable as a species, which to me gives urgency to GeoDesign. This is something we don't have a lot of time to develop."
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