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Columbia: Spatial Information Design Lab: Million Dollar Blocks
"US currently has 2 million+ people locked up in jails & prisons…disproportionate number come from very few neighborhoods in country’s biggest cities. In many places concentration is so dense that states are spending in million dollars + a year to incarcerate residents of single city blocks. When these people are released & reenter their communities, roughly 40% do not stay more than 3 years before they are reincarcerated.

Using rarely accessible data from the criminal justice system, SIDL & Justice Mapping Center have created maps of these “million dollar blocks” & of city-prison-city-prison migration flow for 5 of nation’s cities. The maps suggest that the criminal justice system has become the predominant government institution in these communities & public investment in this system has resulted in significant costs to other elements of our civic infrastructure—education, housing, health, & family. Prisons & jails form distant exostructure of many American cities today."
visualization  mapping  maps  activism  crime  spatialinformationdesignlab  infrastructure  exostructure  prisons  poverty  perpetuation  education  housing  health  prisonindustrialcomplex  communities  cities  urban  urbanism  research  laurakurgan  justice  justicemappingcenter  nyc 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Columbia: Spatial Information Design Lab
"The Spatial Information Design Lab is a think- and action-tank at Columbia University specializing in the visual display of spatial information about contemporary cities and events. The lab works with data about space -- numeric data combined with narratives and images to design compelling visual presentations about our world today. The projects in the lab focus on linking social data with geography to help researchers and advocates communicate information clearly, responsibly, and provocatively. We work with survey and census data, Global Positioning System information, maps, high- and low-resolution satellite imagery, analytic graphics, photographs and drawings, along with narratives and qualitative interpretations, to produce images." [via: http://speedbird.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/the-rockefeller-foundation-on-the-future-of-crowdsourced-cities/ ]
design  visualization  spacialinformation  information  architecture  research  spatialinformationdesignlab  laurakurgan  sarahwilliams  columbia  cities  urban  urbanism  urbancomputing  socialdata  data  census  gps 
december 2010 by robertogreco
The Rockefeller Foundation on “the future of crowdsourced cities” « Adam Greenfield's Speedbird [Great post as Adam shutters Speedbird.]
"These are some easily-foreseeable problems w/ purely bottom-up approaches to urban informatics. None of this is to denigrate legacy of Jane Jacobs…remains personal hero & primary touchstone for my work. & none of it is to argue that there oughn’t be central role for democratic voice in development of policy, management of place & delivery of services. It’s just to signal that things might not be as clearcut as we might wish—especially those of us who have historically been energized by presence of clear (& clearly demonizable) opponent.

If I’ve spent my space here calling attention to pitfalls of bottom-up approaches…because I think the promise is so self-evident…delighted to hear Anthony Townsend’s prognostication of/call for a “planet of civic laboratories,” in which getting to scale immediately is less important than a robust search of possibility space around these new technologies, & how citydwellers around world will use them in their making of place."
cities  technology  bottom-up  crowdsourcing  action  activism  datavisualization  urbancomputing  urban  urbanism  janejacobs  robertmoses  anthonytownsend  urbaninformatics  place  civiclaboratories  lcproject  possibilityspace  systems  government  democracy  policy  servicedesign  transparency  collaboration  scale  consistency  infrastructure  intervention  offloading  responsibilization  municipalities  seeclickfix  entitlement  moderation  laurakurgan  sarahwilliams  spatialinformation  maps  mapping  statistics  benjamindelapeña  carolcolletta  ceosforcities  rockefellerfoundation  greglindsay  lauraforlano  spatial  humanintervention 
december 2010 by robertogreco

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