Session Description: Panelists will discuss the development of a curriculum in spatial thinking and the integration of design into GIS. The central questions are:
(1) To what extent are the fundamental spatial concepts that lie behind GIS relevant in design?
(2) To what extent can the fundamental spatial concepts of design be addressed with GIS?
(3) Is it possible to devise a curriculum to develop spatial thinking in both GIS and design?
The panelists will present the new initiatives, findings, and unresolved questions that arose from a meeting of more than thirty GIS scholars, design researchers, and education specialists, who considered these issues in December 2008.