Elena Masala

Elena Masala
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PhD in Architecture

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Introduction
Elena Masala currently works at the Urban Planning unit of Istituto Superiore sui Sistemi Territoriali per l’Innovazione (SiTI). Elena does research in GeoVisualization and Communication in Urban Planning field. Her current projects are "LUMAT", "MoMoWo" and "InViTo":
Additional affiliations
September 2009 - February 2016
Istituto Superiore sui Sistemi Territoriali per l’Innovazione (SiTI)
Position
  • Researcher
September 2003 - September 2009
Politecnico di Torino
Position
  • Researcher
Education
January 2005 - December 2008
Politecnico di Torino
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Publications (52)
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Planning and decision making on spatial issues is a complex process which deals with a large number of variables, interests and stakeholders. Interactive visualisation tools can help, enabling information to be shared using spatial data visualisation, also known as ‘geo-visualisation’. The idea is that interacting with data can improve users’ knowl...
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The book is divided into three sections. The first one gives an overview on the concept of brownfields under different points of view, trying to frame the problem by progressively focussing from wide to local scale: Chapter 1 gives a look at the European level, Chapter 2 links it to the philosophy of reuse developed in the CircUse project, while Ch...
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This paper describes a visual tool for data analysis applied to a case in public transport. Our tool is based on geo-referenced dynamic maps, created with free Web GIS applications, and allows users to visualize data and interact readily with a large database of public transport service information. This tool will support decision-makers in detecti...
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The integration of interactive visualization with GIS technologies is nowadays a new frontier in supporting the processes of urban design and planning. Informed three-dimensional modelling systems can provide new insights in understanding both the elements which constitute the city and the relationships among these elements. One key outcome of this...
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Proposing effective strategies in a sustainable development perspective is the focus of considerable debates, which often develop into uncertain and vulnerable decision contexts. Numbers and quantitative information in fact often dominate the process of decision-making but they are not easily comprehensible through quick and simple reasoning. Nonet...
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User-generated content (UGC) provides useful resources for academics, technicians and policymakers to obtain and analyse results in order to improve lives of individuals in urban settings. User-generated content comes from people who voluntarily contribute data, information, or media that then appears in a way which can be viewed by others; usually...
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This chapter addresses the smart city concept as a first step towards the formulation of a new socially-improved urban concept which may be defined as that of the “people-friendly city”. This new task involves the employment of IT tools, but using new methods and pursuing different goals other than mere numerical information. In terms of the urban...
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The paper presents the study about the potential of the use of an interactive visualization tool, based on dynamic cartography, as resulting from the process of academic exercises on participatory planning. The case studies took place in 2015 in "Mirafori Sud", a neighborhood of the city of Turin, Italy, and in "Pampulha", a district of Belo Horizo...
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This chapter addresses the smart city concept as a first step towards the formulation of a new sociallyimproved urban concept which may be defined as that of the "people-friendly city". This new task involves the employment of IT tools, but using new methods and pursuing different goals other than mere numerical information. In terms of the urban e...
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The assessment of spatial systems can be supported by the analysis of data coming from different sources and describing different aspects such as economic, social, environmental, energy, housing or mobility issues. Nevertheless, the analysis of such a large amount of data is difficult. In order to improve the readability of data also with non-techn...
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The main objective that motivates the paper concerns the study on user-generated data (UGD) for exploring new methodologies that could support and improve the understanding of spatial patterns for urban planning and design of open spaces in urban areas. This paper aims at taking a step forward from current literature, providing on the one hand a me...
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Territorial planning is the focus of considerable debates, which often develop into uncertain and vulnerable decision contexts. Numbers and quantitative information in fact often dominate the process of decision-making but they are not easily comprehensible through quick and simple reasoning. Nonetheless, the huge quantities of data that describe o...
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Territorial planning is the focus of considerable debates, which often develop into uncertain and vulnerable decision contexts. Numbers and quantitative information in fact often dominate the process of decision-making but they are not easily comprehensible through quick and simple reasoning. Nonetheless, the huge quantities of data that describe...
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The knowledge of a territory is the first step for its management and strategic planning. The drawing of space is historically the method for achieving its knowledge, so that the visualisation of a territory becomes essential to its planning. Information Technologies (IT) provide nowadays new opportunities to enhance the process of knowledge buildi...
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This chapter addresses the smart city concept as a first step towards the formulation of a new sociallyimproved urban concept which may be defined as that of the “people-friendly city”. This new task involves the employment of IT tools, but using new methods and pursuing different goals other than mere numerical information. In terms of the urban e...
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Large freight or passenger transport projects are problematic and controversial because many financial, technical, environmental and social aspects need to be considered. Indeed, the interface between the transport project and territorial planning domains is generally the focus of considerable heated debates, which often develop into conflicting de...
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While a substantial body of literature exists on the theoretical definitions and measures of accessibility, the extent to which such measures are applied into practice to assess project alternatives is less frequent (Geurs and Van Wee, 2004). Recent studies affirm that one of the main barriers to the usability of accessibility measure is the lack o...
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The development of strategic transport infrastructure needs to be accompanied through dedicated processes, enabling both the discussion and sharing of the expected positive and negative impacts and externalities. According to the different scales of intervention, spatial strategies can assume different shapes and require the involvement of a differ...
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Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) is a widely-used tool to support decision processes when a choice between different options is needed. This approach is particularly useful in situation characterized by an inter-connected range of environmental, social and economic issues. Moreover the presence of many actors with different backgrounds an...
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The chapter proposes the use of the Interactive Visualisation Tool (InViTo) as a method for sharing information by using spatial data visualisation, also known as geo-visualisation, applied to support spatial decision making and planning. InViTo is based on the idea that interacting with data can improve the users knowledge process, while visualisa...
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This paper assumes that citizen participation does not really happen in relation to current urban planning practice for a number of reasons. First of all, many planning processes do not involve citizens as ideally they should. Secondly, although if they involve citizens, many planning processes are not able to communicate them the actual questions...
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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) changed the way planners present and operate with their projects. New visualisation tools have changed the ways projects and plans are presented and disseminated. However, the opportunities given by visualisation are not completely exploited in the professional practice. This is due to several bottle...
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The COST Action TU1002 provided the opportunity for creating a subgroup of young researchers, who formed a new team known as Junior Research Network (JRN). The JNR was invited to participate in two Summer Training Schools (STSs). The first took place in Naples (IT) during the summer of 2012, while the second was held in the Eurocity of Valença (PT)...
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InViTo for measuring accessibility of new development areas in Northern Turin
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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) changed the way planners present and operate with their projects. New visualisation tools have changed the ways projects and plans are presented and disseminated. However, the opportunities given by visualisation are not completely exploited in the professional practice. This is due to several bottle...
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Since spatial decision processes have to deal with large number of actors, opinions and interests, literature commonly agrees in recognising data sharing and communication as essential in achieving decisional tasks (Van den Brink et al., 2007; MacEachren et al., 2004). The following chapter describes a methodological instrument for managing data, n...
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Large scale and long term decision making processes encounter a huge amount of difficulties. On the one hand, the uncertainty about the future represents a fundamental problem which is innate in long-term planning. On the other hand, the different interests and opinions regarding goals and strategies among the various actors are complex issues to b...
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The research here described aims at supporting decision making processes related to large scale and long term spatial questions. It proposes a method for sharing information and conveying reasoning by the use of dynamic maps. Through the visual localization of costs and benefits, the participants to the spatial decision processes are led to evaluat...
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Development of residential areas in Skopje in a period after the 1963 earthquake led to an emergence of continuous pressure to the physical structure of the city. It’s essential to analyse, explore and understand the processes that are shaping our city. The study explores interactive tool that exercise the complex analysis of architectural and urba...
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The research described in this paper is investigating a three-dimensional modelling system intended to combine visualization tools with GIS technologies, in order to create a shared common language which could be able to really support wide area planning processes. The outcome of the ongoing research is InViTo (Interactive Visualization Tool), a mo...
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Over the last fifteen years advances have been made in technology which assists town planners, architects, city administrations and real estate markets with planning and maintenance of buildings and roads. This technology uses mobile and stationary sensors installed in towns and cities to emit data about their citizens, their movement or use of inf...
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This paper describes the use of an Interactive Visualization Tool (InViTo) for supporting discussion in planning and decision-making processes. InViTo is a research project based on the combined use of Excel, Google Earth and Grasshopper, a free plug-in for McNeel’s Rhinoceros, which allows to work with databases in a parametric and interactive env...
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Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) is generally used to support planning and decision making processes, but the sharing of information can often be limited by two main factors. Firstly many users have difficulties in reading output data, especially if these are tables, matrixes or databases. Secondly, many actors means also different dis...
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In wide area planning, collaboration and participation are nowadays a common approach to the creation of a land or urban design [1,2]. Thus, planning involves different kinds of professionals, usually coming from different disciplines and, in particular, speaking different languages. GIS technologies are generally used as support to investigate pl...
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La ricerca descritta in questo articolo tratta dell’integrazione tra analisi multicriteria per valutazioni alla scala territoriale con tecnologie di modellazione e visualizzazione interattive al fine di ottenere uno strumento capace di supportare i processi di pianificazione e decision-making. In particolare, lo studio proposto si inserisce all’int...
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Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) is generally used to support planning and decision making processes, but the sharing of information can often be limited by two main factors. Firstly many users have difficulties in reading output data, especially if these are tables, matrixes or databases. Secondly, many actors means also different discip...
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UrbanLab is a computer system supporting urban and regional design. The papers outlines two leading aspects of this large research project, aimed respectively to make explicit the dynamic of the design in its time and geographic dimensions, and to interactively represent the interplay of some, explicitly, recognised factors, for instance the role o...
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This paper introduces a dynamic generative modelling system for urban and regional design. Through dynamic modelling the system evolves in time according to the interactions of the planners, decision-makers and citizens. On the basis of several synchronous and/or asynchronous user interactions, models are dynamically generated at run time. The mode...
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This paper introduces a dynamic generative modelling system for urban and regional design. Through dynamic modelling the system evolves in time according to the interactions of the planners, decision-makers and citizens. On the basis of several synchronous and/or asynchronous user interactions, models are dynamically generated at run time. The mode...

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Accessibility is a concept with a longstanding academic history. Recently, it has become an interesting conceptual framework for urban planners in a range of urgent problems; mobility, compact land use, liveability, social, economic and environmental sustainability. This Cost Action aims to advance ideas about how accessibility can be a useful framework to provide support in these issues.