The Constant Atlas (in progress)

The Constant Atlas is an application that gives individuals the ability to use their location over time as a highly personal lens through which they can better understand aggregate socioeconomic and quality of life data of their environment. At the same time, the atlas provides a way to contextualize a user’s personal experience with public data, making use of aggregated monolithic datasets for self reflection. Self assessment of everyday exposure to the city as understood through data of the city has the ability to inform our experiences, provide contextual understanding, highlight limitations in our habits, and potentially give us opportunities to balance our perspectives. For example, it is important to understand not only that the most diverse cities are also the most segregated, but how as individuals we contribute to that phenomenon on a daily basis.

Some concepts that are central to this project:

  • The Relationship Between Scale and Context
  • Physical and Conceptual Boundaries
  • Geographical Intimacy
  • Experimental Geography & Critical Cartography

A longer proposal can be found here.

Images shown here:

  1. Micheal Heizer’s Double Negative – Image from http://doublenegative.tarasen.net/double-negative/
  2. Parts of New York City that I don’t visit falling away
  3. Denis Wood – Everything Sings
  4. Bill Rankin – After the Map
  5. Nicholas St. Fleur – New York Times Article
  6. Comparisons between football fields and anything else.
  7. Comparison between Media Lab and White House.