Roots to Routes: Digital Las Vegas—Trails Resource Database

By Daniel Ortega and Michael Corrente.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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Las Vegas, NV is typically recognized as a global tourism destination. What is not as well known is that the Las Vegas Valley is also home to approximately 1,000 miles of recreational trails. While the amount of biking, hiking, and walking trails in the greater Las Vegas area is abundant, a comprehensive catalog of those trails does not exist. The Regional Open Space and Trails workgroup (ROST) is composed of representatives from the Las Vegas Valley’s municipalities, including Clark County, The City of Las Vegas, The City of North Las Vegas, The City of Henderson, and Boulder City, as well as The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), The Southern Nevada Health District and The Outside Las Vegas Foundation. The ROST workgroup has identified the need for a multi-jurisdictional trails information database, which is critical in developing and maintaining a long-range sustainable valley-wide trails master plan. This effort is currently being developed by the co-principal Investigators of LIME—The Laboratory for Innovative Media Explorations. LIME is the research branch of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Landscape Architecture and Planning program and is housed within the UNLV School of Architecture. LIME’s co-principal investigators will facilitate and manage the collection of digitally archived GIS based shapefiles of current trails information and eventually re-distribute the information in two-dimensional standardized GIS shapefiles, as well as through the creation of web-accessed three-dimensional models of specifically identified trails. The shapefiles will be collected through a data exchange and usage agreement between all members of the ROST workgroup. Faculty from the UNLV Landscape Architecture and Planning program will facilitate a series of meetings in order to develop standardized definitions of trail types and to establish digital data classification standards for trails across the Las Vegas Valley.

Keywords: Landscape Architecture, Planning, Trails, Connectivity, Open Space, Database, Las Vegas

The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.1-5. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 562.378KB).

Daniel Ortega

Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture and Planning Program, School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning Program, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA

As an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, my scholarly interests lie in the intersection between “sustainability” and the cultural factors that affect its implementation in our built environment. As Co-Principal investigator at the Laboratory for Innovative Media Explorations (LIME), it is my goal to engage students, academics, and public and private stakeholders in the use digital based technologies as platforms for creating a robust opportunity to make thoughtful decisions that affect the future development of our cities.

Michael Corrente

PhD Student (Formerly Administrative Faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas), School of Architecture & Allied Arts, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

As a Co-Principal Investigator for LIME (Laboratory for Innovative Media Explorations, the research component of the Landscape Architecture and Planning Program) I am interested in employing 2D, 3D and 4D digital visualization scenarios, and real-time spatial analysis technologies in an effort to create a research oriented destination where multi-disciplinary stakeholders can come together to produce and promote scholarship centered on digital design workflow processes. LIME is firmly committed to forging working relationships with governmental, public, academic, and private sector representatives in order to promote digital design in the fields of landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, and planning.