The course provides a detailed exploration of Evaluation and Decision models and delves into the role each model plays in defining the geodesign process. In GEODZ 822 students learn how these two domains of models determine the design method by defining how the decisions are made, and by whom, and what evaluations and visualization are necessary in making an informed decision. Students learn that final designs are decision-driven not data-driven.
The course teaches students how to ask questions, assess attractiveness, vulnerability, and risks of particular factors in Evaluation models, as they are defined by the cultural, political, and administrative values of the stakeholders in the Decision models, which themselves are defined by the design consequences of Impact models. This course also explores how designing at different geographic scales might change the questions and methods of Evaluation and Decision modeling.