This engaging and practical guide is a much-needed new textbook that illustrates the power of geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis. Today’s planner has a wealth of data available to them, much of which...Show More
This engaging and practical guide is a much-needed new textbook that illustrates the power of geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis. Today’s planner has a wealth of data available to them, much of which is increasingly linked to a specific location. From football clubs to Twitter conversations, government spending to the spread of diseases – data can be mapped. Once mapped, the data begins to tell stories, patterns are revealed, and effective planning decisions can be made. When used effectively, GIS allows students, planners, residents and policymakers to solve wicked problems in the environment, society and the economy.
Geospatial data is now more freely available than it ever has been, as is much of the necessary software to analyse it. This contemporary text offers a practical guide to spatial analysis and what it can show us. In addition to explaining what GIS is and why it is such a powerful tool, the authors cover such topics as geovisualization, mapping principles, network analysis and decision making. Offering more than just theoretical or technical principles and concepts, the book applies GIS techniques to the real world, draws on global examples and provides practical advice on mapping the built environment.
This accessible text is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students taking planning modules on GIS, data analysis and mapping, as well as for all planners, urbanists and geographers with an interest in how GIS can help us better understand the built environment from a socio-economic perspective. Show Less
- Uses real-world examples and draws on data from across the globe to give practical advice in solving planning problems.
- Designed for anyone interested in the power of maps, making it suitable for a wide, interdisciplinary audience.
- Explains data, concepts and methods in an accessible, non-technical manner, accompanied by illustrations throughout.
- Shows how GIS is more than just a tool for map-making, explaining how to harness the power of spatial analysis.
2. Why GIS and planning for the built environment
3. GIS: a spatial database of our world
4. The currency of GIS
5. Geovisualization: Communicating with spatial data
6. Mapping and the built environment: some guidance
7. ‘Everything is related to everything else’: Understanding spatial analysis
8. Network problems and how to solve them
9. Decision making using GIS: Bringing it all together.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- Making Better Places Patsy Healey
- Regional and Local Economic Development Cliff Hague, Carrie Breitbach
- Planning World Cities P. Newman, Andy Thornley
- Spatial Planning and Governance Mark Tewdwr-Jones
- Environmental Planning in Context Iain White
- Planning in the UK Clara Greed
- Planning the Mobile Metropolis Luca Bertolini
- Planning Theory Philip Allmendinger
- Human Geography Derek Gregory, Ron Martin, Grahame Smith
- Spatial Divisions of Labour Doreen Massey
- Political Geography Richard Muir
- Skills for Planning Practice Ted Kitchen