Finding strategic locations for informed urban planning

The Suitability Tool (ST) is a web-based urban planning tool that identifies optimal locations for specific activities within a city.


The Suitability Tool has three main functions

1 | Data integration

Compiles geolocated environmental, social, and urban information from local sources and international databases.

2 | Spatial Evaluation

Processes data using flexible and customizable methods to generate geo-located suitability scores associated with specific policy objectives.

3 | Consensus-building

Allows fast spatial visualization of possible outcomes to inform policy-making and support fact-based consensus among stakeholders.

How it works?

Land Suitability assessment in three steps

Select layers

Users can select layers included in the Suitability index to be aligned with specific policy objectives. As layers get selected, the Suitability Map automatically reflects the changes in the Index scores. 

Activate filters

Users can activate filters to exclude certain areas within the administrative boundaries or with certain characteristics (e.g. exposure to hazards or slums). 

Assign weights to each layer

The weight defines the importance of a layer in the calculation of the Suitability index. Each layer can be given a weight that allows it to be prioritized over others. 

The Suitability Map translates the Suitability Index scores into a colored subdistrict map.

Subdistricts with the lowest suitability scores are colored dark red and those with the highest scores are colored dark blue. 

Scores in between the minimum and maximum values are assigned red, orange, yellow, green, and blue tones according to the color scale. 

The interactive map allows the user to change the basemap and creating subsets of urban areas to isolate or focus on key targets.

Possible applications

It's all about flexibility

A web app

Perform agile assessments and save the trouble of downloading and installing software.

Open source

All the methods in the tool are transparent, replicable, and of course, customizable.


Access the tool from any operative system. All you need is a browser and internet access.


Host the tool in your own computer, in a Linux server or in the cloud.