All of the Pecha Kucha presentations on November 7 were well delivered and the feedback was marvelous and highly constructive, but for a week now I have struggled with the difficult task of making a choice, of narrowing down my project so that my map will be able to sustain a solid argument. My largest “problem” was selecting an argument that would lend itself to spatial representation, more specifically, an interesting form of spatial representation.
While I do like the idea of the more symbolic, metaphorical readings surrounding the contemplation of Manhattan’s morphing edge, I feel that this topic is better suited as a side-bar focus, something mentioned, and perhaps woven throughout the data points on the map (ideally as a shaped connection between points) rather than the map’s main purpose. For the most part my research is complete, however, I would like to gather a little more information surrounding the pre-standardized- cargo-box dispersal of goods into lower Manhattan. As I have stated before, I want my map to show the types of goods that arrived and the directions they took once unloaded. Color and line will be key in the mapping of paths: the lines will be colored, each color corresponding to the type of good dispersed. In order to best express these paths, I must have solid, trustworthy data. In the next ten days or so, I plan to finish the collection/sorting of raw data and to begin the task of ordering and arranging the various points on a physical, printed map and then apply the ‘final’ result to a URT setting.