Call for the articles to be included in the 13th volume of the magazine

Editors in chief: Massimiliano Lo Turco, Cecilia Bolognesi

From city to building (and back): interoperable approaches between spatial information systems and BIM-based models

In recent years, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) domain has been strongly influenced by the evolution that the world of the architectural design is experiencing, with the shift from predominantly 2D drawing to the Building Information Modeling (BIM) type methodology. For a long time grapho-numerical representations at the urban scale and architectural/building representations have remained two separate entities, although they both refer to data digitization processes for planning and design. In a world increasingly governed by interoperable logics and processes, it seems clear that an effective and efficient connection between these two realities can bring about important evolutions in the field of planning, through the enhancement of information data as a central element of the whole process. Add to this the increasing possibility of using both spatial and building scale data intercepted by sensors and trackers, capable of revealing operation and use both within a digitised existing and within a world still being designed.The lack of design dimension and adaptability in traditional GIS models have been addressed in the emerging discourse of geodesign, focusing more on the project-oriented method of modeling and participation of heterogeneous audiences through shared web platforms: on the one hand, the information provided by GIS systems allows to prefigure interventions at the urban scale by holding together a multiplicity of variables proper to the territorial and infrastructural system, reducing the number of errors especially in the preliminary and feasibility plan phase. On the other hand, project information, especially that related to the actual construction of the buildings, is crucial for updating GIS systems. In addition, reading data from the world of applied sensor technology adds a further parameter of possible use.
Geodesign is a procedural model that manages the process of surveying and decision-making steps from data visualization, to data analysis, to design generation, to monitoring, and finally to impact assessments. This type of model requires a few rounds of iterations before decisions are made and constant GIS-BIM interaction on increasingly network-facing common grounds of interchange, from whatever source they come from, transferring the useful elements of “design” within urban and spatial rank information systems.

The Call for Paper is aimed at experiments conducted on these issues, including through those heuristic processes that help determine useful approaches for transferring new skills, creating increasingly strong and structured connections between academia and research and the world of the profession.

Key Dates  2023

Call for Papers Launched: October 19th
Abstracts Submission (1500 ch + 2 imgs): November 30th
Abstract Feedback: December 15th
Full Paper Submission (max 15.000 ch + 8/10 images):  January 30th

All Papers accepted after the double-blind peer review process will be published in the Dn journal with an ISSN.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts should be submitted in .doc or .docx format and in .pdf format, named with the last name of the first author.
The .pdf file should be submitted without the personal references.

Files must be uploaded through the Abstract Submission button.

Full Paper Submission (available from December 15th)

The official languages of the magazine are Italian and English.
The zipped folder must contain:

  • a “TXT” folder containing:
    • the textual file (.doc or .docx) of the paper in two languages, without the images;
    • a text file containing the captions;
  • a .pdf file of the complete paper in two languages with pictures and captions without references that can make authors recognizable;
  • an “IMG” folder containing all images included in the paper, in .jpeg format, named according to the text numbering, larger than 1920 × 1280 px and weighing no more than 7mb each.

Full paper’s files must be uploaded via the Full Paper Submission button.
The use of the Harvard Style template is recommended for writing bibliographical references.

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