Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice



Download free course Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice, pdf file on 61 pages by Yiping Fang, Vivek Shandas, Eugenio Arriaga.
The goals of this textbook are to help students acquire the technical skills of using software and managing a database, and develop research skills of collecting data, analyzing information and presenting results. We emphasize that the need to investigate the potential and practicality of GIS technologies in a typical planning setting and evaluate its possible applications. GIS may not be necessary (or useful) for every planning application, and we anticipate these readings to provide the necessary foundation for discerning its appropriate use. Therefore, this textbook attempts to facilitate spatial thinking focusing more on open-ended planning questions, which require judgment and exploration, while developing the analytical capacity for understanding a variety of local and regional planning challenges. While this textbook provides the background for understanding the concepts in GIS as applicable to urban and regional planning, it is best when accompanied by a hands-on tutorial, which will enable readers to develop an in-depth understanding of the specific planning applications of GIS. In the end of each chapter, we also provided several discussion questions, together with contextual applications through some web links.

Table of contents

  • Defining a Geographic Information System
  • Coordinate Systems and Projecting GIS Data
  • Topology and Creating Data
  • Mapping People with Census Data
  • Lying with Maps
  • To Standardize or Not to Standardize?
  • Geographic Considerations in Planning Practice
  • Manipulating GIS Data
  • Raster Data Models
  • The Future of GIS
Pages : 61
Size : 9.4 MB
File type : PDF
Downloads: 40
Created: 2022-02-03
License: CC BY-NC
Author(s): Yiping Fang, Vivek Shandas, Eugenio Arriaga
Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice

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