Incorporating green space and design into urban areas is an ever-growing trend in cities across the US. Humans’ innate desire to be connected with the natural world means more and more cities have moved towards implementing green design into their infrastructure. Cities embarking on this biophilic movement are in luck, as GIS can support them in nature-focused geodesign.
Cities can use GIS to take stock of the natural environment around them, like calculating tree canopy coverage or estimating how much of the population can walk to a green space in 5 minutes or less. Other cities take advantage of the ability to use GIS to do analysis, such as mapping heat and air quality levels to identify locations where tree planting or water incorporation will be most effective.
As the world continues to shift towards increased urbanization, new solutions are needed to face the challenges of sustainability and resilience. GIS mapping and capabilities allow for new ways to understand and make sense of urban life and its affect on the natural world. The Midwest’s own Milwaukee, WI is partaking in geodesigning biophilia into cities, helping in the movement to create urban space that is sustainable, resilient, and immersed in nature.