Visual Tools for Planners

This site, developed for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy by a team led by Lew Hopkins, professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, grew out of a desire to provide planners with an expanded set of tools for communicating planning ideas. The examples emphasize visual representation of planning information.

The initial focus was on Envisioning Regional Recovery Futures: Places, Persons, Economies, Ecosystems. These examples are based on the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the deliberations about recovery in the Gulf Coast region. The templates are, however, useful in planning practice generally, and the intent now is to create a library of visual tools for a wide range of planning situations.

By clicking on "Display All" in Visual Tools, users will find, for example, a planning timeline to display the many plan activities in a region, a diagram that tracks the movement of businesses in and out of a region, and a presentation of scenarios as part of a scenario planning process for a region.

The tools can be searched by subject(people, place, economics, ecology), by scope in time and space. They are also indexed in the context of planning processes and tasks.

Contact us to contribute additional examples of visual tools for planners.

To get started, click on Visual Tools at left or take the tutorial. A print ready handbook summarizes the web-based interaction.


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