Ana Clara Mourao Moura

Interoperability and visualization as a support for mental maps to face differences in scale in Brazilian Geodesign processes

The paper presents case studies of geodesign and collaborative planning in the context of important cultural areas in Minas Gerais state, Brazil: “Pampulha” and “Iron Quadrangle”. The first area is at urban scale and has recently received UNESCO recognition due to Oscar Niemeyer’s work, and the second is at regional scale and of qualified landscape, important historical and cultural values, in addition to abundant natural resources (mainly minerals). The results allow a reflection on the role of interoperability and visualization applications to favor mental maps and better conditions in participatory planning, based on the methodology of Geodesign.

Geodesign in Pampulha cultural and heritage urban area: visualization tools to orchestrate urban growth and dynamic transformations.


This paper discusses the role of visualization in Geodesign methodology considering its applications in the case study of the region of Pampulha in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. In order to consider the opinion of the participants, their difficulties were recorded in different steps of the process, in different stages of Geodesign iterations, and different possibilities in visualization were tested. The methodology of Geodesign was applied in different applications and tools. The goal was to determine whether there was an increase of understanding condition and to perform improvement endeavors of the tools used.

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