Announcing the Pacific Northwest Geodesign Forum: 7 May 2014, 8am - 4pm

Pacific Northwest Geodesign Forum:
Geodesign for a Sustainable World
University of Washington, Seattle Campus
Husky Union Building (HUB) Lyceum
May 7, 2014
8:00AM - 4:00PM

The Pacific Northwest Geodesign Forum brings together faculty, staff, students, and community partners using geospatial information technologies to create, evaluate, and monitor sustainable solutions to complex problems. Many complex problems involve a mix of social, economic, and ecological considerations that require collaborative efforts to address the challenges at hand. Methods for arriving at sustainable solutions to problems are emerging in the form of geodesign frameworks and concepts implemented using geospatial information tools. The goal of the Forum is to provide participants with a level of understanding about geodesign frameworks and concepts plus geospatial information tools that can implement them for addressing sustainable solutions to complex human-natural-built community problems at varying spatial-temporal scales. Geodesign enables us to change our world through design. Forum discussions include Community-University partnering opportunities for exploring solutions to complex problems.


7:45 AM – 8:15 AM Registration and Light Refreshments
8:15 AM – 8:20 AM Welcome, Introductions, Program Overview
8:20 AM – 8:30 AM Who is in attendance? Sectors-Areas-Attendees Participating
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Why Geodesign? Its Character and Benefits with Q & A
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Challenges for Geodesign
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM A Tour of Geodesign Tools with Q&A
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Quick Cases Using Geodesign Tools
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Buffet Lunch with Discussions
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM Discussion Groups: PNW Geodesign Community of Practice (CoP)
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM Report out from CoP discussion groups (3-5 minutes each)
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Next Steps Synthesis for PNW Geodesign Forum
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Informal networking as we vacate the Lyceum venue – out by 4PM

UW Hosting Units

College of Engineering, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Environment, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences, Dept of Geography and MGIS: Sustainability Management
College of Built Environments, Dept of Landscape Architecture; Dept of Urban Design and Planning

Planning Committee

• Tim Nyerges, Prof, Geography, Dir, MGIS: Sustainability Management (
• Michael Goodchild, Affiliate Prof, Geography (
• Bob Mugerauer, Prof, Urban Design and Planning (
• Chris Overdorf, elm environments (
• Bryant Ralston, GIS Geodesign Consultant (
• Dorothy Reed, Prof, Civil and Environmental Engineering (
• Nancy Rottle, Assoc Prof, Landscape Arch, Dir, Green Futures Lab (
• Suzanne Withers, Assoc Prof, Geog, Assoc Dir, MGIS: Sustainability Mgt (
• Kathleen Wolf, Research Prof, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, (

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