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Working with geospatial technologies to plan resilient cities that are designed within their carrying capacity is my passion.



Measuring the success of design

With geospatial technology like Esri's ArcGIS and CityEngine, the sustainability of designs can be quantified and optimized. Parametric design enables rapid iteration output and real-time 3D visualization or analysis.

Geodesign is sustainability in practice because it uses smart technology to measure and compare building and landscape metrics. Click on the buildings in this webscene to see how I like to visualize sustainability. (Optimized for Firefox)



A holistic approach


Design happens at all scales. By observing the landscape in the biome, city, district and site contexts, interventions have a greater chance of increasing resiliency.


Recognizing that sustainability is based on many complex factors, this is why geodesign focuses on layering and intersecting data and designs with geospatial technology. Look at this story map to understand how.



Visualize and understand

Conveying data to stakeholders and design the team in two dimensions impairs their understanding of how the final product is going to impact the surrounding landscape. Thinking in 3D from the start is an asset to the urban design process.

These shots are of an existing conditions study for The Navy Yard which showed where assets were on the site and emphasized the Historic Core as a valuable district with successful spaces.



Urban ecology

My work has always taken a systems approach to defining the urban ecosystem. Resources take the shape of ecological, sociocultural and infrastructural elements and waste is always minimized.

My final thesis design for a slum in Lima, Peru calls upon vernacular architecture, biomimetic systems, and economic opportunities to uplift and empower. By creating equity where it is not we ensure that growing cities do not become overloaded by unbearably wasteful populations.


To see more of this project, click here.

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