During a break at this week’s summit, I got a chance to talk with Jack Dangermond. He shared the background to this event, just one among many already completed and more to come that focus on the topic. Dangermond has a longer term plan than just “spreading the geodesign” vision.
He explained that back in the 1980s a group got together to develop recommendations to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a research agenda for GIS. That work enabled the creation of the The National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) and its three centers at UC Santa Barbara, U Maine and SUNY Buffalo.
Dangermond is looking to lead the same type of effort for geodesign. He noted to me that while geography has support at the NSF, architects and other design players don’t engaged in academic research (at least in the U.S.; Internationally he noted, that sort of research is done). This event is a step towards defining a research agenda, that hopefully NSF will one day embrace and fund, ideally creating a research organization for geodesign.
ESRI helped cover some travel and lodging costs related to Directions Media’s attendance at the Summit.