DOI: 10.3390/ijgi12120504 ISSN: 2220-9964

A Web-Based Geodesign Tool for Evaluating the Integration of Transport Infrastructure, Public Spaces, and Human Activities

Liu Yang
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Geography, Planning and Development

The need for addressing the adverse impacts of transport infrastructure on public spaces and human activities (TSH) emphasizes the importance of designing integrated TSH system, thereby necessitating tailored planning support systems (PSS). This study begins by assessing the demand for PSS using surveys and interviews to uncover the need for robust analysis and evaluation support, particularly through the use of geographical information systems (GIS). On this basis, a prototype GIS platform is proposed for analyzing and evaluating the integration of the TSH system at the block scale. This user-friendly geodesign tool encompasses a customizable evaluation index (includes seven KPAs and KPIs), allowing for combined quantitative and qualitative assessments. Notably, it introduces a buffer effect index to quantify transport–space interaction. The proposed tool serves as a dedicated platform for evaluating TSH systems, offering 2D/3D visualization capabilities and two analysis units and facilitating cross-platform collaboration. Applied to a case study in Nanjing, China, it effectively assessed the interdependence among different TSH system components and block integration around expressways, railways, and main roads. This tool holds promise in offering invaluable insights into urban planning and (re)development, thereby enhancing the integration of transport infrastructure and public spaces.

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