Visioning and Visualization
Two remarkable phenomena have affected the practice of planning over the past two decades: the rise of public involvement as an integral component of urban decision making, and the technological innovations that enable the visualization and simulation of physical reality. Together these phenomena anticipate the future, turning the planning process into a journey of discovery for professionals and laypeople alike.
Building on a series of workshops sponsored by the Lincoln Institute, authors Michael Kwartler and Gianni Longo present principles, techniques, and cases based on their professional experiences in developing sophisticated public involvement processes that are used to apply information technology to planning and design. They suggest ways that digital visualization tools can be integrated in a public process to present participants with clear choices and help them make informed planning decisions. Evidence from communities throughout the country shows that public involvement supported by visualization leads to better plans and more livable places and communities.
This book will assist urban professionals, public sector leaders, and the public in navigating the complex and evolving public planning process. Richly illustrated with more than 100 color figures, photographs, and computer simulations, the book presents an historic overview of the public involvement and digital visualization fields, outlines principles to guide the integration of public process and visualization tools in a democratic decision-making process, illustrates a range of public involvement techniques that invite the use of visualization tools, introduces specific tools and their uses in planning, and presents four case studies.
Visioning and Visualization is intended to be particularly helpful for those planning to initiate a public visioning process supported by visualization tools. Because the authors explain both the “why” of visioning along with the “how” of visualization, the reader is well-equipped to design the vision process and select appropriate tools and professional consultants to help carry it out. Visualization is seen in this work as a kind of analysis or inquiry—an activity that assists those engaged in the visioning process in exploring planning scenarios and design options under conditions of complexity and uncertainty.
About the Authors
Michael Kwartler, an architect, planner, urban designer, and educator, is the founding director of the Environmental Simulation Center (ESC) in New York City, a nonprofit research laboratory created to develop innovative applications of information technology for community planning, design, and decision making.
Gianni Longo is an architect and founding principal of ACP–Visioning & Planning in New York City. For the past two decades, he has pioneered the development of programs designed to involve citizens in the planning and decision-making process.