Imagine a nation of spatial thinkers

Spatial thinking TRANSFORMS the way we solve problems.
It shows us SOLUTIONS.
It opens up new POSSIBILITIES.
It leads to new CONNECTIONS in sciences and the arts.

Most of us have been taught to think and talk about the world using words,
lists, and statistics. These are useful tools, but they do not come close to
telling the full story.

Thinking spatially opens the eye and mind to new connections, new questions,
and new answers. It can be as simple as taking economic or demographic
data off tables and putting them on a map. It can be as complex as positing
new physical laws in five or more dimensions. Spatial thinking gives
us the crucial awareness of where things and people are, what surrounds
them, what is near, and what is far. Spatial thinking also can link
disciplines, such as literature and mathematics, biology and computation,
or geography and cinematography. Spatial thinking offers solutions to
the world’s most pressing issues and is the key to powerfully creative
problem-solving techniques.

Tapping the potential of spatial thinking is the mission of
spatial@ucsb, the leading center devoted to the possibilities of
analyzing, understanding, and describing the world in multiple dimensions.

Last modified: April 1, 2014