Distance and Difference

Mon, Mar 12, 2018    7pm

Distance and Difference by Leah Meisterlin

Part of the Impact Data Lab Series

Lecture Abstract

The talk presents current research on data-driven cartography, exploring systematic representations of differential experiences of urban space. The project maps access to urban resources and amenities as a proxy for the size and scope of one’s experienced city. Moreover, the research focuses on revealing unrepresented variations between communities and groups, variations that are etched onto cities by structural differences in daily constraints and concomitant spatial practices, particularly differences between genders. Toward this aim, the project is developing an alternative cartographic framework for understanding urban distance, one that hopes to reconfigure processes of marginalization and prompt consideration of whose city we map based on the methods we use.

About Leah Meisterlin

Leah Meisterlin is an urbanist, GIS methodologist, and Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Broadly, her research engages concurrent issues of spatial justice, informational ethics, and the effects of infrastructural networks on the construction of social and political space. Her current research explores the ways in which digital technologies and cartographies impact urban spatial politics and altering methods of research.

Impact Data Lab Series

The Impact Data Lab Series is organized around the Impact Data lab, a prototyping event focused on Palestinian human rights taking place in Amman between the 11th and 14th of March. Impact Data Lab will bring four multidisciplinary teams to participate in a hands-on program focused on producing innovative data visualizations for social justice. The program includes structured collaboration sessions, training opportunities, and presentations. Teams are invited to focus on one of the following topics as they relate to Palestinian human rights: Gender, Education, Digital Rights, and Topography.

Impact Data Lab is organized by Visualizing Impact and Columbia University’s Studio-X Amman. 

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