In Situ

A collaborative desktop and web application for envisioning dynamic, complex communities.

How can urban planners and designers in Raleigh consider diverse experiences to create inclusive, long-term solutions for local communities?

inSitu is a desktop application for urban planners plus an interactive, online survey for community stakeholders. Together they bridge the communication gap by combining GIS technology and online tools to facilitate better public input. inSitu continuously calculates key development parameters and empowers designers to make well-informed decisions so that they can focus on communities and people, not numbers.

The interface enables participants to not only partake, but also learn from the process. It helps urban planners develop a reflexive process that acknowledges personal experiences frame the way in which we understand dynamic and diverse communities. It compliments the communicative process in urban planning by utilizing value assessment strategies and geospatial data management and analysis.


Gain insight. Plan Better.


Interactive, Online Values Assessment

The stakeholder web application was designed for ease of access and use for residents, who are engaged in the community, to effectively communicate through an interactive, online survey. The inSitu interface enables stakeholders to give unique responses based on differing perspectives to facilitate better public input.

Planner Desktop Application

The comprehensive desktop application combines traditional, geospatial information and qualitative data to enable urban planners and designers to reconstruct their predetermined, socially constructed values through the communicative process and therefore, create better solutions for communities.

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Visualize Connections

Analyze Intuitively



inSitu leverages the benefits of quantitative and qualitative data to build a holistic picture for complex scenarios. Intuitive tools add valuable context to large databases by combining data visualization, storytelling, and collaboration between city officials and citizens to develop more inclusive solutions for local communities.


Communicative Planning is one of the leading approaches in urban planning. Its approach engages stakeholders to help different interests understand each other.


Online Tools currently in use in urban planning have many drawbacks including: (1) lack of interactivity, (2) a lack of immersion that limits the feedback received, and (3) lack of unique responses based on differing perspectives. inSitu enables stakeholders to submit unique responses based on their unique perspectives to facilitate more insightful public input.


Values Assessment The survey is formulated to not only reveal what people care about, but more importantly why. Rather than simply revealing the tangible assets the community values, the values assessment delves deeper to understand what informs the stakeholders thoughts, words and actions to help planners create an environment people want to experience.

Geospatial Informational Systems are designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, and manage spatial data.


Powerful tools allow users to analyze and edit information on maps from external sources such as Microsoft Excel. inSitu allows users to learn more about neighborhoods using data-driven, intuitive analysis techniques on interactive maps. Use statistical analysis on local demographics, quantify parcel data, or reveal relationships between multiple places.



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Discover the Process

 I’ve always been interested in quantitative data. It’s rational, logical. It just makes sense. But what happens when you want to understand the abstract? Intangible things, like emotions and feelings? This project started based on a general interest in information visualization and ended in a visual experimentation that begins to dissect the limitations of quantitative and qualitative data and how the benefits of each can be leveraged together to create a more holistic picture in complex scenarios.

“By recognizing that all forms of knowledge are socially constructed it accepts that values are not predetermined but are established in the communicative process itself.”
— John Folely, urban planning theorist
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