Share Your Work

Tell your geodesign story and be part of the collaboration that is a cornerstone of the summit. Submit your abstract today.

We are seeking presentations that fit under one or more of these four themes:

Geodesign for a Safer World

Safety takes many shapes and forms, but all involve understanding the complex, probabilistic, and predictive nature of risk. Whether it is the safety of a child on a bike, the protection of a community from flood or fire, or an effective crime-prevention program, all benefit from good, integrative holistic planning, design, and monitoring of our built environment. Through careful examination of the unexpected consequences of our design decisions, we can create safer environments for all.

Smart(er) Cities

Smart cities consider the expansion of information and communication technology (ICT), which includes the integration of sensors and systems throughout a city to increase the efficiency and management of the built environment. Buildings can be monitored against key performance indicators that measure the production, usage, or reuse of energy, water, and waste. But all this "big data" is made smarter when combined with the location of cities and relationships to things around them. The smart cities of the future will take full advantage of improvements in technology to design or redevelop entire neighborhoods to create truly smart, adaptive, sustainable cities.

The Identity of Place

What creates a great place? What makes it special and unique? To some, it's the specific culture, languages, and foods. To others, it's the uniqueness of historic buildings and archaeological features from past civilizations. But the complexity doesn't stop there; the geology, rivers, vegetation, climatic changes, and the natural processes of erosion and human activity have wrought truly unique landscapes that need to be protected in the rush to urbanize. Identifying these places requires care and collaboration so that the best of the old can be incorporated with the best of the new, preserving the identity of a city and its people.

Citizen-Oriented Geodesign

Making cities a better place really requires improving the quality of life for everyone. Quality of life typically means a sound economy, jobs, and a diversity of work; educational opportunities for adults and kids alike; open space, parks, and trails; mobility options such as connected networks for walking, biking, metro, and rail; clean air and water; a safe environment with low crime, a stable government, and minimal risk of disasters; and accessibility to good food, health care, and a range of affordable housing. All of these quality of life indicators can be spatially enabled through the geodesign process to help design great places to live./p>


The Summit also welcomes all submissions appropriate to the following topics:

  • Education in Geodesign
  • Collaborative or participatory design and planning
  • Planning support systems
  • Planning and urban design with GIS
  • Visualization and communication in Landscape Architecture
  • Visualization techniques in support of design
  • Digital Landscape Architecture
  • 3D landscapes and technology
  • Open data and open models for supporting design
  • Sketching tools and applications
  • Geoprocessing and geospatial impact models
  • Socio, economic, environmental indicators for urban and rural sustainability.

Abstract Template for Your Submission:

  • Title of the paper/presentation. (maximum 10 words)
  • Author/Presenter name(s):  [name, surname]
  • Affiliation: [name of institution or company]
  • Email address: [corresponding author/presenter email address]
  • Abstract: [400 words]
  • Keywords: [maximum 7 key words]

See specific short paper guidelines.

Important Dates:

Short Abstract Submission Due (400 words)                        June 6, 2014
Notification of Acceptance June 20, 2014
Short Papers (1500 words) August 15, 2014
Book Chapter Academic Book (3500-6000 words) *By invitation only after the Summit. (TU Delft)

*Academic Publication:
Invited papers will be published in the Research in Urbanism Series (RiUS) of the Department of Architecture of the TU Delft. RiUS is a refereed, indexed and open access publication. This specific issue of RiUS will be edited by Steffen Nijhuis, Franklin van der Hoeven, Stefan van der Spek and Sisi Zlatanova, augmented by the scientific committee.