Paper Prototyping:

Paper Prototyping: Figure 3 -4 represents result of the paper prototyping we did in the class. I had very difficulty with this aspect of the project. First, as I am not crafty with using stationery and has no experience of using the method. Second, my data was a bit hard to represent. I was having issues with the representation politics of the participant’s stories. Even I organized them in my usual way, I had difficulty in seeing the simplified categories of each participant’s narrative. However, by design my project depended... Read The Rest →

213 people needed to get it together, keep it together

In the 1970’s, artist and architect, Gordon Matta-Clark bought 15 parcels of land, 14 in Queens and one in Staten Island. Auctioned off for prices as low as $25 dollars with $7 or $8 a year in taxes, Matta-Clark could peer through fences in some person’s backyard, point, and claim ownership to his own private “”gutterspace” – tiny, irregular, inaccessible or otherwise unusable parcels of land, the remnants of surveying errors or other zoning anomalies”. Cabinet Magazine’s Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s Fake Estates invited artist to think of creative ways... Read The Rest →

FInal Blog Post

    I’ve been updating my blog semi-regularly, but had forgotten my login until today. I’m cutting and pasting this entry but if you’d like to see the rest of my entries, please go to: It’s hard for me to let go of this project. I expose it now with a little apprehension but also with a lot affect. I think I have made the right choice in changing the frame of my ‘description’, the landing page for my project, by introducing it as a design of remembrance and... Read The Rest →

Make a map, not a tracing!

Reflecting on James Corner’s The Agency of Mapping: Speculation, Critique and Invention made me think of two literary references to Jorge Luis Borges and Lewis Carroll that have stuck with me and created an extra layer of wonder (as wonderful as the data modeling of an URT layer) towards the nature of mapping. First, there was Borge’s map, “a fully detailed and life-sized map that eventually tore and weathered to shreds across the actual territory it covered”. Then, there was the map found in Lewis Caroll’s tale Sylvie and Bruno that cannot... Read The Rest →

The Roof of your Mouth

Right before the McGuinness Blvd exit off the BQE, there is a sign that says “Eat Real Food.” This sign belongs to the The Brooklyn Kitchen and The Meat Hook, purveyors of quality, local, sustainable food. The Brooklyn Kitchen carries produce from nearby hydroponic rooftop farm, Gotham Greens. Using state of the art technology to harness solar energy and recycled rain water, Gotham Greens creates produce that is now supplied to Whole Foods, Fresh Direct, as well as chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern. Local food is good for business. Since... Read The Rest →

Alexandria Streets Projects

In facebook page of media studies, I stumbled upon an interesting project which creates a sonic map of Alexandria. I did not yet check into it in detail. Here’s the website:

Map Critique: 596 Acres

596 Acres is a project that maps all the vacant lots in NYC that can be potentially developed into community space. Developed by a team of lawyers, data analysts, programmers, and artists, this project uses technology, logistics, and design to organize and reclaim public land. The page opens up to an interactive map of available vacant lots with a pop-up window brief introduction. NYC is rendered in a simple black and white. The lots are broken down into a legend of lots-in-progress determined by color and outline color. A small blurb... Read The Rest →

maps on the web

maps on the web

Our conversation in class this week about plotting points, paths and areas ended up expanding into a much broader discussion about web mapping technologies in general, so I wanted to take a moment to share a very brief, partial summary of that, mainly for the purpose of providing a place to share many of the links we looked at.

‘the hole’ exists –

I mentioned this in class yesterday- truly fascinating stuff. Here is a short documentary on ‘The Hole,’ and here is a short write-up. It does, in fact, lie ‘below grade,’ which means it does exist outside of the sewer-grid.  Cesspools are used instead.    

Data Modeling the Digital Humanities

Today in class we talked about data modeling; specifically as it relates to the Urban Research Tool, but also to the digital humanities more generally. The readings for this week hopefully did a good job of addressing exactly what data modeling is, and hopefully our class discussion added to that. As we mentioned in class, while searching for additional background reading on the topic of data modeling as it specifically applies to the digital humanities, Shannon discovered “Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Humanities”: “a three-day workshop … focusing on questions of data... Read The Rest →

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