This course consists of lectures, readings in course literature, small group discussion forums, and individual topic investigation. In this course students will explore the questions, challenges, and the values of the geodesign framework. The course provides a comprehensive overview of the geodesign process, including designing in geographic space, issue identification, process evaluation, fast iteration and alterative scenario generation, multidisciplinary collaboration, and the role of science-and value-based decision making. The course culminates in a final project in which students independently research the physical and social characteristics, data, and teaming-expertise required to deploy a study for their topic, and report on how their proposed geodesign framework enables creative change for that location.
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to associate different types of design and planning issues and challenges to the appropriate geodesign workflow and identify possible models to use to promote creative change for a place. They will be able to prepare a description of a scenario and the team needed to perform a geodesign study, and illustrate which tools or techniques may be best suited for a scenario.