The Spaces, Places and Possibilities project

The project explored the use of integrated models and visualizations for capturing and conveying potential outcomes of different community development approaches to local government and stakeholders.

The Spaces, Places and Possibilities project explores ways of developing and using integrated models and realistic visualizations to effectively capture and convey potential outcomes of different development strategies and infrastructure decisions to local government and stakeholders. The project employed a community-based participatory approach in Squamish (BC, Canada), and it consisted of three phases: (1) model and scenario development, (2) scenario modelling, and (3) creating tools for communicating model outcomes, namely a “model explorer” and visualizations. Although the project was conducted in Squamish, its participatory approach for developing community planning and engagement tools can be adapted to communities across the world.

Improved understanding of implications of different land use (trade-offs, limitations associated with space, how certain developments can affect sense of place etc.). The visualizations appeared particularly useful for communicating how certain development patterns could affect liveability and quality of life. Participants noted that the visualizations were particularly useful for illustrating how scenarios align or conflict with values.

The scenarios were made in:

The scenarios look out to:

2018

2036

Project facts

Canada

Squamish (British Columbia)

2018

Submitted by:

Robert Newell

Project leader

18 mars 2021

How to cite this page:

Robert Newell

The Spaces, Places and Possibilities project

Resources

Newell, R., Picketts, I.M., & Dale, A. (2020) Community systems models and development scenarios for integrated planning: Lessons learned from a participatory approach. Community Development 51(3)

Newell, R., & Picketts, I.M. (2020) Spaces, places and possibilities: A participatory approach for developing and using integrated models for community planning. City and Environment Interactions 6

Newell, R., McCarthy, N., Picketts, I., Davis, F., Hovem, G. & Navarrete, S. (2021) Communicating complexity: interactive model explorers and immersive visualizations as tools for local planning and community engagement. FACETS 6 (1)

Project images

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Robert Newell

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Robert Newell

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Robert Newell

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