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November 18 12:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Online Forum


Celebrate GIS Day with us at the 2020 Spatial Forum on November 18. The UMN Spatial Forum is a yearly event highlighting spatial research, teaching, and outreach. This event is free and open to the public and features the Borchert Lecture and a panel discussion. This event is co-sponsored by the MGIS program, Geography, Environment & Society, U-Spatial, and DASH.

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All times Central Standard Time
12:00-1:15 PM Borchert Lecture
1:15-2:15 PM UMN Faculty Panel, check back for details

Borchert Lecture


Carl Steinitz
Carl Steinitz

"Re-thinking the Growth of London: An interactive multi-stakeholder perspective derived in geodesign and negotiation"
-Carl Steinitz

This lecture series honors the late John Borchert, UMN Regents Professor in Geography & member of the National Academy of Sciences. We are pleased to announce that Carl Steinitz will give the Borchert lecture this year. Carl Steinitz is the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning Emeritus at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Honorary Professor at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London. He began his affiliation with the Harvard Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis in 1965. In 1967, Professor Steinitz received his PhD degree in City and Regional Planning, with a major in urban design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).In 1984, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) presented Professor Steinitz with the Outstanding Educator Award for his “extraordinary contribution to environmental design education” and for his “pioneering exploration in the use of computer technology in landscape planning”. He has been honored as one of Harvard University’s outstanding teachers. Professor Steinitz is principal author of “Alternative Futures for Changing Landscapes”, Island Press, 2003, and author of “A Framework for Geodesign”, Esri Press, 2012. He has lectured and given workshops at more than 150 universities, and has several honorary degrees. He is co-coordinator of the International Geodesign Collaboration.