Geovisualization Tool on Urban Quality. Interactive Tool for Urban Planning

  • Enrico Eynard Istituto Superiore sui Sistemi Territoriali per l’Innovazione (SiTI)
  • Marco Santangelo EU-POLIS, DIST – Politecnico di Torino
  • Matteo Tabasso Istituto Superiore sui Sistemi Territoriali per l’Innovazione (SiTI)
Keywords: Urban quality, Geovisualization, Planning tools, GIS


This paper describes the implementation of a tool that enables to gather and compare data from different sources for the benefit of urban planners. The tool is easy to access on different types of devices (personal computers, tablet, smartphones) thus being easily available in many various situations from urban planners and decision makers. It may also be used to find correlations between different phenomena in different time frames, so that solutions to possible problems can be rapidly suggested. The paper shows the process of implementation of the tool and some examples of application to the city of Torino in Northern Italy, a city who dealt with several urban transformation in the last two decades.


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Author Biographies

Enrico Eynard, Istituto Superiore sui Sistemi Territoriali per l’Innovazione (SiTI)

Has obtained a second level degree in territorial,  urban and environmental planning. He has studied at Politecnico di Torino and he is now working on several projects as a researcher at SiTi - Higher Institute on territorial systems for Innovation. In particular Enrico has worked on SOPHIE project (Evaluating the Impact of Structural Policies on Health Inequalities) and also on the competitiveness report of the Italian urban areas 2013 (analysis support and spatial assessment at Jessica system). Research projects and his interests are focussed on geovisualization, urbanistic, territory and environmental topics. He has experience in the use of specialised software for territory studies such as ArcGIS (Geographic Information System).

Marco Santangelo, EU-POLIS, DIST – Politecnico di Torino

Researcher in Geography at the Politecnico di Torino, Marco teaches “Geography, Environment, Landscape” and “Geographic and Economic Factors in Territorial Development” in the course of Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning. He has been member of EU-POLIS since its foundation and became its director in 2012. He has worked on ESPON research projects (2.3.2, INSTED, TANGO) and is part of the Milesecure-2050 team, a 7FP project. Marco has worked in the URBACT I Community Initiative project as expert and, as lead expert on wellbeing and quality of life, in the BHC project in URBACT II. He took part, in 2011, to the working group “Les systèmes métropolitains intégrés, leviers de développement territorial” for the French DATAR, in the framework of the “Territoire 2040. Aménager le changement” initiative. He has coordinated, with Egidio Dansero, the research “Smart Torino: opportunities and risks of the intelligent city paradigm” (a research project co-funded by the Compagnia di San Paolo).

Matteo Tabasso, Istituto Superiore sui Sistemi Territoriali per l’Innovazione (SiTI)

Master of Science degree in Architecture and Urban Planning of Politecnico di Torino (Italy). Since 1999 he developed an extended experience in transport and urban planning both working for public authorities and for research institutions. Since July 2006 he has been working at SiTI as project manager, coordinating researches and projects on urban planning issues. Furthermore, he gained relevant international experience thanks to the involvement in several European funded projects and networks aiming at implementing innovative solutions for reclaiming degraded urban and industrial areas, analyzing the relationship between planning and transport in order to develop accessibility instruments to be used in planning processes.


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How to Cite
Eynard, E., Santangelo, M., & Tabasso, M. (2014). Geovisualization Tool on Urban Quality. Interactive Tool for Urban Planning. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment.