Using Photorealism and Geovisualization in Streetscape Design

Commercial districts are often the epicenter for economic and social activity within cities. This project was undertaken primarily as an MLA Thesis to investigate potential streetscape designs for Aggieville in Manahttan, KS. The purpose of this study was to better understand how different elements of streetscape design influence a person’s preferences for the space. In…

4D Visualization, Spatial Cognition, Immersion and Engagement

Immersive digital environments (including virtual and augmented reality) and related technologies have catalyzed a revolution in storytelling, scientific communication and education. Over the past couple years, our experience shows that new changes are making these technologies more accessible to the general public. With students in ALIVE!, we are creating immersive environments to study spatial memory/cognition…

Landscape Character and Community Preferences

This research project was focused on investigating individual preferences for various community attributes. The study investigated differences between three different communities in British Columbia, Vancouver, Kelowna and Armstrong, ranging from a big city to a small resource-based town. One of our primary interests was in understanding how different elements of forested landscape character influence these…

Visualization of Highway Designs to Test Environmental Perception

With the abundance of highway development projects in China, we partnered with researchers to investigate how highways could be designed to cater to a more scenic and/or pleasurable experience for drivers and passengers. For the project we designed 3D/4D computer animations of hypothetical scenes. This allowed us to spatially control for our dependent design variables….

Quantifying Effects of Harvest Design Patterns on Human Preference

My PhD research, undertaken with Dr. Michael Meitner, involved designing a model which would improve methods of forest harvesting and planning. Our goal was to quantify preferences for different aspects of design elements, with the shape of the design itself being a prime element. In order to more precisely understand the characteristics of shape, we…

Human-Centered Viewshed for Landscape Management

This research required combining geospatial science, geovisualization and an human-environmental interactions to establish metrics representing aesthetic quality in natural environments. The outcome is a new viewshed method that is currently being used in real-world case studies of forest operations planning. The goal of this work is to continue developing the methods, and make them available…