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Democratizing Spatial Analysis

May 17th, 2016
6:30pm - 8:30pm
CARTO, Moore Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Santiago Giraldo is an environmental and urban scientist, cartographer, and multi-disciplinary designer from Brooklyn, NY. His celebrated theory and urban design work has been exhibited, published, and featured internationally at notable institutions including the MoMA in NYC, MAK Museum in Vienna, the Vienna Biennale, IUAV University in Venice, Stalker Labs in Rome and Pompeii, Interartive Spain, and other notable design, theory, and environmental publications. Currently, Santiago works to push the boundaries of open source technology in community engagement at Carto.

Eric Brelsford is a software developer, map maker, and teacher. He has worked on the technology behind various community-driven data and mapping projects such as 596 Acres (mapping public vacant land in New York City) and Farming Concrete (working with community gardeners to measure the good things happening in their gardens). He teaches GIS and web mapping at The New School and Pratt's Spatial Analysis & Visualization Initiative (SAVI). He also co-organizes Maptime NYC, an informal map education meetup.

Urban Experience Design, our very first Forefront program series, will explore how new civic technologies are transforming the management and operations of the public realm, and debate how big data might be applied to build a more dynamic, equitable and resilient city. The series will kick off with an examination of new spatial analysis tools, and how they enable citizen participation and government transparency.

In a conversation led by outside experts Santiago Giraldo and Eric Brelsford, Fellows will explore questions like: when is location-based data not an ideal solution for solving an urban problem? In what ways does visualization enhance the insights gained from a data set? Can spatial analysis influence equitable development? What is needed to make this happen?


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