Analyzing and visualizing data on maps—including in high-resolution 3D city models—powers smart planning processes. The data-driven smart planning approach was one of the major topics discussed during this year's Geodesign Summit, where the theme was Geodesign: Enabling a Smarter World. "Data is everywhere and can be collected from everywhere, including from individuals walking around with cell phones," said summit moderator Stephen Goldsmith, speaking to more than 220 planning directors, urban planners, architects, engineers, GIS professionals, and academics. The group met for a series of workshops and presentations at the summit, held from January 24 to January 26, 2017, at Esri headquarters in Redlands, California. Read More