When does it make sense to use Places+Spaces?
Places+Spaces can help political decision-makers, municipal planners, and sustainability managers understand that cause and effect of changes to their community. Places+Spaces enables the development of scenarios to better understand the impact of different decisions or pathways on their current sustainability decisions and possible futures.
What kind of projects can Places+Spaces be used to evaluate?
Places+Spaces can be used to evaluate projects or policies that have a range of different impacts. Examples might include:
- A major new residential and commercial development project is proposed. Will this development result in a net economic benefit to the community? How will this impact the health of community members?
- The municipality has proposed to apply an additional 5% on property taxes to fund climate action. Will this result in increased prosperity for the community? Will new jobs be created or will the new tax stifle economic activity?
- A pulp mill is about to close. What will be the social and economic impact on the community? To what extent might the informal economy or local exchange trading systems mitigate the impact?
Why is Places+Spaces unique?
Places+Spaces integrates physical, social and economic dimensions of a community into a single model. This enables the evaluation of a wide range of policies, initiatives and actions at the community scale.
Is Places+Spaces spatial?
Places and Spaces uses a combination of GIS and custom tools to evaluate the spatial aspects of scenarios, tracking buildings, transportation, employment and other variables in space.
What is the cost of using Places+Spaces?
There is no cost for using Places+Spaces, as it is open source. However, a considerable investment of time will be required to understand how the model works and how to input and manipulate data. A project to calibrate the model with data for a community can take one month or more for an experienced used. The project team can support communities for a fee. Please contact us for more information.
What are the future plans for Places+Spaces?
Future development plans for Places+Spaces include enhancing the household economic accounts, building a health impact analysis and developing an interactive interface of results. We will also systematise and expedite the development of spatial land-use scenarios.