30 November 2016

Get active!

With a great example of design that encourages physical activity, the Lucky Knot Bridge from NEXT Architects will make you happy to use lots of stairs (the first few visits). It looks like lots of fun. But I don't know how it will be on days when you are late for class and need to get across.

28 November 2016

New paper on computer-mediated design

I have a new paper/polemic published online in the forthcoming Special Issue of Landscape and Urban Planning on Geodesign. The whole issue looks pretty amazing thanks to years of behind the scenes work by the guest editors, Allan Shearer and Fritz Steiner.

But, of course, you will want to start with my paper called "Relinquishing a bit of control: Questions about the computer's role in geodesign".


18 November 2016

17 November 2016

Aerotropolis is still alive

ULI has an interesting piece looking at the continued evolution of the trends in the world of Aerotropoli.A realty expert told them that these areas continue to be highly valued:
“If you’ve got property within a 15-minute drive time of the airport, you’re going to have a lot of eyeballs on it, from corporate to residential,” Bliss says. “You’ve got a full complement of uses that want to be there. Whether it’s retail or restaurant, office or entertainment, a home or a hotel, all those uses benefit from being close to DFW.”
Did you ever read the book?

16 November 2016

Happy GIS Day

Finally, GIS Day is here!

My GIS Day wish for you is that your day be filled with ample streaming data for rich map narratives and that all of your geospatial dreams come true.

As is part of the CRSSA annual GIS Day tradition, we reflect on the graphic reminders of the early years:


A special thanks to Caroline Phillipuk, whose GIS Day posters capture the timeless quality of the day.

15 November 2016

High tide in AC

Lots of talk about the state government takeover of Atlantic City which has included discussions about the water supply for the City. But none that I have seen includes talk about the continuing impacts of encroaching water from sea level rise in AC.

Check out this morning's tide gages which show high tide reaching around 6.4'. Dan Skeldon says anything over 6' means water in a few streets and lawns. But for those not at the shore, let's note that there is no hurricane or Nor'easter today. So, that sounds like it is just annoyance flooding, with a few roads closes here and there, but it is also repeating phenomenon that the neighbors have learned to ignore. Why don't people in Kansas and Idaho hear more about sea level rise? One reason is that the people who are watching it happen don't even think of it as news worthy.

Down in Egg Harbor you can see that this morning is clearly different than other tide cycles.


Atlantic City (and other coastal NJ communities) is experiencing an increased amount of annoyance flooding. Tourists don't usually see it because the beachfront is higher than much of the city. But it happens with sufficient frequency for the City to keep police barricades handy near key intersections along the back bay.

And this increase in local flooding will cost the bankrupt city more and more, even without a major storm. If you are ever there on a rainy day, check out AC's West End Ave and Ventnor's Burk Ave and see if there is a little more action that you expected.

10 November 2016

Lose yourself

GIS Day will be a special time for people to forget their day-to-day cares and lose themselves in the celebration of all things spatial.


Next Wednesday at 6:30, get together with like-minded spatial people and talk about grids and least-cost surfaces.