Geodesign From Theory to Practice: In the Search for Geodesign Principles in Italian Planning Regulations

  • Michele Campagna Università di Cagliari, DICAAR
  • Elisabetta Anna Di Cesare Università di Cagliari, DICAAR
Keywords: Geodesign, Urban and regional planning regulations, Strategic Environmental Assessment


Geodesign is a trans-disciplinary concept emerging in a growing debate among scholars in North America, Europe and Asia with the aim of bridging the gap between landscape architecture, spatial planning and design, and Geographic Information Science. The concept entails the application of methods and techniques for planning sustainable development in an integrated process, from project conceptualization to analysis, simulation and evaluation, from scenario design to impact assessment, in a process including stakeholder participation and collaboration in decision-making strongly relaying on the use of digital information technologies. As such, the concept may be not entirely new. However, it is argued here, its application have not reached expected results so far. Hence, more research is needed in order to better understand methodological, technical, organizational, professional and institutional issues for a fruitful application of Geodesign principles and method in the practices. In line with the above assumptions, this paper is aimed at supplying early critical insights as a contribution towards a clearer understanding of the relationships between Geodesign concepts and planning regulations. The auspice with this first endeavour along this research issue is to make a more explicit and robust link between policy principles and planning, design and decision-making methods and tools, possibly as a small contribution to bring innovation in the planning education, governance and practice.


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Author Biographies

Michele Campagna, Università di Cagliari, DICAAR

Michele, PhD in Land Engineering (University of Cagliari, 2003) is adjunct professor of Spatial Planning and GIScience at the University of Cagliari. His actual research interests deal with the Scientific Method in Planning, Metaplanning, Planning Support Systems (PSS), Social Media Geographic Information in planning and Geodesign. He authored over sixty publications, and he is editor of the volume GIS for Sustainable Development published by CRC-Press/Taylor and Francis Group in 2006. In 2011 he directed the International Summer School on Information and Communication Technology in Spatial Planning “INFOPLAN”.

Elisabetta Anna Di Cesare, Università di Cagliari, DICAAR

Elisabetta Anna is Construction and Architecture Engineer (Università di Cagliari, 2011), and Master in design and environmental assessment techniques (Politecnico di Torino, 2012). From 2013 she is research fellow at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e Architettura (DICAAR) where she works on planning support systems and Geodesign. She is also professional consultant in urban planning and Strategic Environmental Assessment.


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How to Cite
Campagna, M., & Di Cesare, E. (2014). Geodesign From Theory to Practice: In the Search for Geodesign Principles in Italian Planning Regulations. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment.