The International Geodesign Collaboration brings together teams from universities worldwide to design and plan responses to the severe local, regional and global challenges that affect communities in the 21st Century. 


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IGC 2019, Esri, Redlands, California

Improving our Global Infrastructure

The world faces challenges that ignore national and regional boundaries and cannot be solved by any single individual, nation or science. Preparing for the outcomes of population growth and rising global temperature requires multi-disciplinary approaches and collaboration among all stakeholders.

Geodesign (design at geographic scale) provides a collaborative approach which seeks to integrate multiple disciplines and uses geographical information systems (GIS)-based analytic and design tools to help explore alternative future scenarios in response to stated problems. Where conventional discipline-based approaches have not adequately addressed the transdisciplinary problems we face, Geodesign offers a holistic and innovative approach to identify solutions to these complex challenges.


The International Geodesign Collaboration (IGC) was formed to explore scenario-driven designs for regional and local-scale study areas that address future global changes. IGC 2018-9 projects are described and their implications explored in an ESRI Press book to be published in April 2020.

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Key research questions addressed by the project

IGC seeks to understand how geodesign can better address design challenges in settings that are widely dispersed, differ widely in scale and in the extent of resources available to find geodesign solutions:

Q1. How do participant teams choose and define their systems?

Q2. How are global and local design scenarios identified and adapted?

Q3. How are evaluation and impact assessments conducted?

Q4. How and why are the global studies more similar or different?

Locations of participants in the International Geodesign Collaboration

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