Urban and Regional Modeling versus
Planning Practice: Bridging the Gap
Rapid evolution reinforced the use of GIS in spatial planning, both by the professional planners and by the general public on the way to the participation planning and democratic decision making. GIS is now commonly accepted as a default planning platform. Urban and regional plans are based on numerous layers of GIS information on population and infrastructure, and are expressed with the series of layers of constraints, preferences and scenarios. In parallel, GIS-based information on the land-uses, residential patterns or transportation is a basis for spatially explicit dynamic models of urban and regional development. The plans aim at implementing planner's view of "desirable future"; the dynamic models aim to capture the major factors that govern urban and regional development and investigating system's "possible futures".
The goal of the special issue is to bring together the experts in the fields of planning and urban and regional modeling to address "desirable" and "possible" urban and regional futures and to present the state-of-the-art in rapidly developing domain of planning-oriented spatially explicit urban and regional modeling.
We solicit original research papers on, but not limited to:
Letter of intention and one-page abstracts: February 15, 2011
Notification of accepting of abstracts: March 01, 2011
Full papers: June 01, 2011