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Urban Issues I

6702.2 - Mapping Urban Settlement Patterns in Chicago through Geospatial Analysis

Thursday, July 6
4:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Location: Delaware B

Information on the physical and social structures of urban settlements can help reveal the underlying socioeconomic processes in a city. This paper presents a study aiming to map the detailed spatial patterns of urban settlements in the past few decades in Chicago. Detailed analysis of its recent urban changes will allow comparison with previous studies and reveal new dynamics. Specifically, we focused on the physical and social forms of Chicago through the use of satellite remote sensing and geospatial analysis. Firstly, the trajectories of land use and land cover changes were created to represent the physical structure dynamics of the city. Multiple data sources were used, including satellite imagery, land use and transportation data. Spatial metrics were developed to further quantify and measure the physical structures of the urban landscape. Secondly, socioeconomic data were used to visualize the changes in the social aspects of urban settlements. The following socioeconomic factors were explored: income, races and ethnicities, employment, accessibility, etc. In additional, interactive mapping techniques will be used to visualize the urban dynamics.

Ting Liu

Assistant Professor
Northeastern Illinois University

Ting Liu is an Assistant Professor and the GIS Coordinator in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University. She received a Ph.D. degree in Geography and an M.S. degree in Geographic Information Science from Florida State University. She also obtained a B.S. in Urban and Rural Planning & Resource Management from Peking University, China.
Dr. Liu’s research interests are with the development and applications of GIS, remote sensing, and spatial modeling techniques in land change studies.


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Kelleann Foster

Associate Dean
Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Penn State University

Kelleann Foster, RLA, ASLA is Associate Dean and Director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Penn State University. She is a licensed landscape architect whose research focuses on designing sustainable communities. She has 30+ years of professional practice experience and over 25-years at Penn State. Her recent sabbatical, based at Esri, resulted in Penn State’s new online Geodesign graduate programs. Much of Kelleann’s work uses computer technologies to communicate alternative scenarios. Her work has received national and international recognition. Her expertise, highlighted in a recent publication in a special issue of Landscape and Urban Planning titled “Geodesign parsed: Placing it within the rubric of recognized design theories,” places her among leaders of the emerging field of geodesign.


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