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Texas A&M University College of Architecture



The “Global Regeneration through Interdisciplinary Design and Development (GRIDD) Unit” both develops novel and applies existing research to analyze issues and visualize solutions for urban decline. It focuses on the regeneration of vacant, abandoned, or obsolete/underutilized spaces and develops strategies to repurpose such areas using Geospatial Design (Geodesign). Geodesign incorporates evaluation, performance, and impact models into urban design/planning. The approach is reliant upon combinations and workflows of advanced digital technologies including (but not limited to) Geographic Information Systems, Prediction Models, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Computer Aided Drafting, Information Modeling, Infographics, and other Advanced Representation Techniques. Geospatial analysis provide the evidence for design and planning decision making. Because vacant land is a ubiquitous urban condition, urban regeneration is a field that crosses most built environment related disciplines. This provides the GRIDD Unit with a unique ability to easily work with other units, centers, and researchers. For example, underutilized urban space can be repurposed to increase resilience or assist in mitigating stormwater issues, amend networks for increasing active living, increase ecological services at the microclimate scale, decrease historic structure teardowns due to abandonment, or other related projects.


Lead: Galen D.Newman 


Dayton, Ohio

Sifting the Landscape: Sifting the Landscape: Transforming Vacant Lands through Smart Decline

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) “Honor Award”