Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has become an essential tool for understanding the environment. It follows that the GIS software has become an invaluable resource for both Architects and Planners in conceptualizing the built environment. Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) has recognized the importance of this technology, and has focused on developing infrastructure and research that explores new possibilities for the uses of GIS.

GSAPP’s GIS infrastructure includes workshops, classes and a collection of GIS data pertaining to the urban environment. This web site provides information on how to use GIS, a summary of data on the GIS server, and links to data sources on the web.

The Spatial Information Design Lab (SIDL), directed by Laura Kurgan, has become a hub for GIS research across the GSAPP and within Columbia.  For examples of past and current projects go to:  www.spatialinformationdesignlab.org


Spatial Information Design Lab: sidl@arch.columbia.edu

Laura Kurgan, Directorljk33@columbia.edu

Juan Francisco Saldarriaga, Associate Research Scholarjfs2118@columbia.edu

Jonathan Izen, Student Coordinatorjai2125@columbia.edu


Common data sources and updates


Tutorials on the most frequently used techniques in ArcGIS

Software & Hardware

Information on GSAPP's GIS tools

Tips & Tricks

Quick fixes for common problems in ArcGIS

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