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Urban Design & Planning: GIS for Architecture and Design

About Geographic Information and Technologies

We've come a long way from the quaint, but still essential, Sanborn Maps.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Technologies can produce maps, but its unique attribute is the ability to integrate, manipulate, and analyze spatial data and related statistical or descriptive data. 

GIS provides tools for integrating, querying, and analyzing a wide variety of data types, such as scientific and cultural data, satellite imagery, and aerial photography, as well as data collected by individuals.

GIS Services

We can help you:

  • Incorporate GIS into your projects.
  • Learn and use GIS related software.
  • Locate, Interpret, and visualize GIS data.

This page provides a sample of resources loosely classified geographically and thematically for common information needs. 

Boland, Maeve A. "Geographic Information Systems." Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, edited by Carl Mitcham, vol. 2, Macmillan Reference USA, 2005, pp. 856-857. Gale Virtual Reference Library,  Accessed 26 Sept. 2017

Background slide deck on Working with Geodata.

Find Geographic Data and Maps

United States

Historical Mapping

-Sanborn Maps

Climatic Mapping

-NOAA Climate Mapper

Demographic Mapping

-Census Mapper

-American Fact Finder

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Map Visualization and Spatial Anaylsis

Thematic GIS & Maps

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City Data and GIS

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GIS - Geographic Information Systems

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