Tom Fisher:
Emcee and Moderator

Thomas Fisher is a Professor and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Educated at Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history, he was the Editorial Director of Progressive Architecture magazine.

He has written 45 book chapters or introductions, over 250 articles, and seven books: In the Scheme of Things: Alternative Thinking on the Practice of Architecture; Salmela Architect; Lake/Flato Buildings and Landscapes; Architectural Design and Ethics; Ethics for Architects; The Invisible Element of Place: The Architecture of David Salmela; and Fracture Critical: How to Stop Designing Our Way to Disasters

Keynote Speaker

Noel Cressie

Noel Cressie

Noel Cressie is Distinguished Professor, National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA), University of Wollongong, Australia. He has published extensively in the areas of statistical modelling, analysis of spatial and spatio-temporal data, and empirical-Bayesian and Bayesian methods. He is the author of the 1993 book, “Statistics for Spatial Data, Revised Edition” and co-author (with Christopher K. Wikle) of the 2011 book, “Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data,” both published by John Wiley and Sons. The most recent book has won a 2011 PROSE award from the Association of American Publishers and the 2013 DeGroot award from the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.

Dr. Cressie is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He is a recipient of the 2009 R.A. Fisher Lectureship, awarded by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies to recognize the importance of statistical methods for scientific investigations, and he is a recipient of the 2014 Pitman Medal awarded by the Statistical Society of Australia for outstanding achievement in, and contribution to, the discipline of statistics.



Mark Reiner

Mark Reiner

Mark Reiner is currently owner of Non Sequitur, an engineering consultancy that promotes the understanding of the social and cultural aspects and resource constraints of engineering projects and is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Minnesota working on low-carbon infrastructure in Rajkot, India. Prior to starting Non Sequitur, Mark Reiner was a founding Principal and CEO of Symbiotic Engineering in Boulder, Colorado, a utility data tracking and life-cycle assessment based company that was acquired in September of 2012. Mark received his PhD in Civil Engineering at the Urban Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering Program (USIEP) at the University of Colorado Denver (2007). There he focused on the life-cycle energy and GHG emission impacts associated with many of the primary sectors in the urban environment. Prior to starting Symbiotic, Dr. Reiner served as an engineer with an international engineering firm where he had dual roles as co-lead for the infrastructure assessment for the Master Plan of Kigali, Rwanda, while also serving as the Projects Director for Engineers Without Borders USA. While in Rwanda, he was a team member for the development of low-cost housing design and workshops. He has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado at Denver where he taught “Urbanization of Developing Nations."

Abstract: Metrics and systems thinking through the lens of culture and resource constraints

The challenge of providing long-term survival of infrastructure in developing nations is best met with innovation that is dependent on the refractive path provided by the cultural and constraints (resource and capacity) lenses of each urban environment. With the advent of the new ISO standard for tracking the progress of sustainable development (ISO 37120:2014, Sustainable development of communities -- Indicators for city services and quality of life), careful consideration needs to be applied by urban planners when applying these metrics. While some metrics can drive technical innovation, others can retard sustainable development if used as a means to an end. For example, if new technologies were filtered through threshold metrics, e.g. life-cycle costs per kWh or per treated gallon of water, there would be far less failed products flooding the markets in developing nations. However, if metrics are used to drive goals for systems, rather than just for tracking progress, e.g. increasing the percentage of the city population with regular solid waste collection, then the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of the cultural narrative and associated synergies may be lost. This point is presented and reflected upon in an example resulting from the infrastructure master planning efforts for the capital city of Kigali, Rwanda.



Carl Steinitz

Carl Steinitz

Tuesday, January 28th at 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Esri Auditorium.

Open to everyone – attendees of Geodesign Summit, students, professors and all interested in Geodesign.

Carl Steinitz is the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Emeritus, at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In 1967, Steinitz received his PhD degree in City and Regional Planning, with a major in urban design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds the Master of Architecture degree from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. In 1965 he began his affiliation with the Harvard Graduate School of Design as an initial research associate in the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis. He has been Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the Graduate School of Design since 1973.

Professor Steinitz has devoted much of his academic and professional career to improving methods to analyze large land areas and make design decisions about conservation and development. His applied research and teaching focus on highly valued landscapes that are undergoing substantial pressures for change. Professor Steinitz has directed studies in as wide ranging locales as the Gunnison region of Colorado; the Monadnock region of New Hampshire; the Snyderville Basin, Utah; Monroe County, Pennsylvania; the region of Camp Pendleton, California; the Gartenreich Worlitz in Germany; Muskau in Germany and Poland; the West Lake in Hangzhou, China; the Upper San Pedro River Basin in Sonora and Arizona; Coiba National Park in Panama; the regions of La Paz and Loreto in Baja California Sur, Mexico; Cagliari, Italy; the Tajo River and Henares River corridors in Spain; and the regions of Castilla La Mancha and Valencia in Spain.

Professor Steinitz has lectured and given workshops at more than 140 universities. In 1984, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) presented Professor Steinitz with the Outstanding Educator Award for his “extraordinary contribution to environmental design education” and for his “pioneering exploration in the use of computer technology in landscape planning, especially in the areas of resource management and visual impact assessment.” In 1996 he received the annual “Outstanding Practitioner Award” from the International Society of Landscape Ecology (USA). In 2002, he was honored as one of Harvard University’s outstanding teachers.

Professor Steinitz is author of A Framework for Geodesign (Esri press, 2012) and principal author of Alternative Futures for Changing Landscapes (Island Press 2003). He has received several honorary degrees. Professor Steinitz is currently the External Academic Adviser to the European Union funded LE:NOTRE program to rationalize landscape education in Europe and Honorary Visiting Professor at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

Abstract: Geodesign with Little Time and Small Data

Professor Carl Steinitz will describe a recent three day workshop on the future of Soma, the nearest city north of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. It was held among geo-scientists, planners, landscape architects, local representatives and IT specialists at Tohoku University and was organized by his framework for geodesign. He will emphasize some important limitations of current digital support of geodesign studies.



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