Adding Design Capabilities to GIS?

by Matt Ball on May 18, 2008

I conducted an interview with Jack Dangermond, founder and president of ESRI, at the American Planning Association conference in Las Vegas. In our discussion, we tackled many topics and spoke for more than an hour. One of the most provocative thoughts that Jack shared is the idea of adding design capabilities into the GIS toolset.

“Geographic knowledge and geographic systems can provide a framework for planners to design things more efficiently. GIS has many roles to play at the planning scale to avoid natural areas and create more efficient lifestyles. I’m very interested in this personally, because I think we need to expand GIS to include geographic design capabilities.”

I’ve transcribed the first of three interview segments, that includes this thought thread, and have posted it on V1 Magazine.

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