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Toronto Quality Of Life

This paper proposes to use principles of geographic visualization in conjunction with multi-criteria evaluation methods to support expert-level spatial decision-making. Interactive maps can be combined with analytical tools to explore various settings of multi-criteria evaluation parameters that define different decision-making strategies. In a case study, the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) is used to calculate composite measures of urban quality of life (QoL) for neighbourhoods in Toronto. The AHP allows for an interactive exploration of decision-making strategies, while offering a view on spatial patterns in the evaluation results. In particular, an interactive blending between a classical and a contemporary QoL model is supported. This feature is used in a pilot study to assess the usefulness of geographic visualization in urban QoL evaluation. Three user interviews provide positive feedback on the utility and usability of the tool that was operated by the investigator.


citation abstract


Toronto, Canada

Geodesign Case Studies

Urban Planning

Parent Categories

Urban Planning

Geodesign Problem Types

Status Assessment

Source Of Description

Analytical Hierarchy Process

Geovisual Analytics


Common GIS-Based Geovis Tool

Planning/Decision Problem Types

Rinner, Claus (2007). A Geographic Visualization Approach to Multi-Criteria Evaluation of Urban Quality of Life. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 21 (8), 907 - 919.


SDS Case Studies

Method Used

Sean Gordon

Tools/Models Used




Graphical Ontology Browser

  • Click on a node to jump to the content of that node
  • Pan to see the rest of the graph
  • Scroll the mousewheel up and down to zoom in and out
  • Rearrange the nodes in the graph by dragging a node to a different position


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