Special Issue "The use of Geographical Information and ICT in Urban Design and Planning"


Abstract deadline: 19 July. Complete papers submitted by the 19th of September.

Aim: The use of computer technology for both quantitative and qualitative analysis in Planning and urban design is a requirement for most practitioners and researchers. Focus groups and workshops require new ways of participative methodologies that use computers; spatial planning, sector and integrated planning use GIS and other spatial explicit computer applications in order to analyse and simulate the world. New faster, real-time, detailed allow multiple ways of collecting data and feed powerful computers with information for analysis and visualization. The maturing of computer models and new waves of theories and models allow on-demand interactive representation and simulation of the real world. It is now common sense that the world of planning and urban design requires ICT and GI. The opportunities and new open doors of research are worth exploring, not only for information but also as guiding beacons of best practice.

This special issue aims at addressing the previous needs through the use of computers in Planning and Urban Design.

Topics to be address might include: -The use of Geographical Information (GI) and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in planning; -Representation and visualisation of the urban built environment, for use in urban design; - The use of GI and ICT in participative planning and design; - Participative methodologies that use computers as a way to facilitate processes and the implementation of methods; - Computer applications to produce spatial analyses and future scenarios/simulations; - New emerging areas the cross traditional boundaries of planning and urban designers, as well as academic researchers; - The research and development of ICT and GI in urban design and planning across multiple research areas (i.e. planning, geography, architecture, civil engineering, sociology, computation, maths and stats) and multiple scales of analysis.

Papers should be aprox. 5000 words and focus in the use of GI and ICT in urban design and planning. Papers should contain a fist part contextualizes the research being presented and briefly reviews previous research theory/practice (no more than 700 words); two/three subsequent parts that detail methodologies, case-studies, new models, new frameworks of urban design and planning. A final part of the paper should contain a comprehensive discussion that also includes future directions of research (aprox. 700 words). Reference list should be included in the total word count of 5000 words.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your ideas and submission plans. For further contacts please email: Dr. Elisabete A. Silva (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)