Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Urban Planning


  • Sonila Xhafa
  • Albana Kosovrasti



GIS, urban planning, territory management, sustainable development etc.


Geographic information systems can be defined as a intelligent tool, to which it relates techniques for the implementation of processes such as the introduction, recording, storage, handling, processing and generation of spatial data. Use of GIS in urban planning helps and guides planners for an orderly development of settlements and infrastructure facilities within and outside urban areas. Continued growth of the population in urban centers generates the need for expansion of urban space, for its planning in terms of physical and social infrastructures in the service of the community, based on the principles of sustainable development. In addition urbanization is accompanied with numerous structural transformations and functional cities, which should be evaluated in spatial context, to be managed and planned according to the principles of sustainable development. Urban planning connects directly with land use and design of the urban environment, including physical and social infrastructure in service of the urban community, constituting a challenge to global levels. Use of GIS in this field is a different approach regarding the space, its development and design, analysis and modeling of various processes occurring in it, as well as interconnections between these processes or developments in space.




How to Cite

Xhafa, S., & Albana Kosovrasti. (2015). Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Urban Planning. European Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 1(1), 74–81.