A city needs memory like it needs streets, trees, and people. But how do we build an infrastructure to contain and deliver the city's history? Ben Vershbow, former director of NYPL Labs, talks with Shannon Mattern about libraries as stewards of the past in the age of Google Maps.
Our annual Thanksgiving Roundup is meaty with an in-depth exploration of a block in Bed-Stuy, a 2015 fight over school segregation, updates on long-running megaprojects, and a side of delicious exhibitions to check out this holiday weekend.
by Leah Meisterlin and Gergely Baics • June 17th, 2015
Leah Meisterlin and Gergely Baics demonstrate how mining data embedded in historical maps is opening new seams in experimental urban research.
by Chris Henrick • May 6th, 2015
Open data, and the interactive mapping and data visualization that can come of it, has become a de facto engagement...
by Urban Omnibus • February 25th, 2015
Singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane describes the way architecture, literature, and historical research inform his compositions and why he's drawn to storytelling tied to place.
James McConnell, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data at the NYC Office of Emergency Management, dissects the process by which data turns into emergency response and reminds us that effectiveness in a crisis requires long-term planning supported by accurate information.