Announcing the official launch of Mapping Historical New York: A Digital Atlas.
The interactive map visualizes Manhattan’s and Brooklyn’s transformations during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Drawing on 1850, 1880, and 1910 census data, it shows how migration, residential, and occupational patterns shaped the city.
Call for Applications: Mellon Associate Research Scholars
The Center for Spatial Research is pleased to announce a call for applications for Associate Research Scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year as part of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation funded initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities. We invite applications from candidates whose intellectual interests are situated within the broad urban humanities, who have strong digital, visual, and multidisciplinary research practices, and are enthusiastic about collaborative working environments.
Just Published: Access to Taxicabs for Unbanked Households
Our article Access to Taxicabs for Unbanked Households: An Exploratory Analysis in New York City has been published in the Journal of Public Transportation. In this paper, we used multiple datasets to explore taxicab fare payments by neighborhood and examine how paid taxicab fares are associated with use of conventional banking services.
CSR Researcher Juan Francisco Saldarriaga to Speak at Bloomberg – Data for Good Exchange
Juan Francisco Saldarriaga will be presenting his recent paper ‘Access to Taxicabs for Unbanked Households’ during the Data for Good Exchange yearly conference at Bloomberg. The conference will take place on September 25th, 2016.
The Art of Data Visualization: Activity Mapping Lecture
Juan Francisco Saldarriaga will be presenting two recent center projects in his talk ‘Activity Mapping’ during the Art of Data Visualization conference to be held at Columbia University on April 6th. The talk will take place at the Davis Auditorium (room 412 Schapiro CEPSR) from 10:50 AM to 11:30 AM.
Columbia Data Science Society Lecture - Next Level Data Visualization
Juan Francisco Saldarriaga will be presenting multiple center projects emphasizing process and code for the Data Science Society at Columbia University. He will describe in detail how to gather data from public APIs and how to use different visualization tools to produce compelling graphics.
The Art of Data Visualization: Activity Mapping Workshop
Juan Francisco Saldarriaga will be leading a workshop on how to download API data using Python in the context of the Art of Data Visualization conference to be held at Columbia University on April 7th. The workshop will take place at the Digital Social Science Center (215 Lehman Library) from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
"The Human Face of Big Data" features Million Dollar Blocks
Laura Kurgan was interviewed about the Million Dollar Blocks project for the PBS documentary "The Human Face of Big Data." The documentary aired nationally on February 24, 2016 and featured Kurgan speaking about our unique approach to mapping and data visualization and what these methods revealed about geographies of incarceration in the United States.
For Families of the Incarcerated, Conviction Comes With a Cost
Al Jazeera's Ranjani Chakrabortty recently wrote an article about the impacts of incarceration on families and communities that drew on our Million Dollar Blocks project: "Each year, the U.S. spends $80 billion to incarcerate more than 2.4 million people. But when it comes to communities, the costs are even more staggering. A disproportionate number of inmates come from just a handful of neighborhoods in the country’s biggest cities. Brownsville [Brooklyn] has one of the highest concentrations of “million-dollar blocks” — places where the state is paying more than $1 million a year to incarcerate the residents of a single census block — in the country."
"Maps Reveal Widespread Imbalances in Citi Bike Stations" - Curbed
Curbed contributor Rowley Amato writes about our CitiBike Rebalancing Study: "It's been a rough couple of months for Citi Bike, what with the revelation that the program requires "tens of millions" to stay afloat, or news that annual membership rates could skyrocket from $95 to $150/year. Still, that's not stopping Columbia University fromattempting to perfect the imperfect system."
"The Science (and Maps) Behind Finding Available Citi Bikes and Docks" - Streetsblog
Streetsblog contributor Stephen Miller wrote about our CitiBike Rebalancing study: "Coming across an empty bike-share station when you need a bike — or a full one, when you need a dock — is a disappointing experience, to say the least. While Citi Bike’s rebalancing efforts try to keep up by shuttling bikes around town, the company is working against a tide that shifts demand unevenly across its service area."
"The ultimate riddle of supply and demand: bikeshare" - The Washington Post
Emily Badger of the Washington Post wrote about our CitiBike Rebalancing Study: "As a form of public transportation, bikeshare systems have one major catch: The bikes seldom circulate themselves in quite the way planners would like. If users traveled around town in all directions, at all times of day, in relatively equal numbers, docks would empty and refill naturally. None would ever be totally empty. None would ever be completely full."
Visualising Data - Best of the visualisation web… June 2014
An exhibition of Architecture and Justice at the Architectural League in September - October 2006. Architecture and Justice mapped criminal justice statistics to make visible the geography of incarceration and return in New York, Phoenix, New Orleans, Wichita, and New Haven, prompting new ways of understanding the spatial dimension of an area of public policy with profound implications for American cities.