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Tue 07.19.2011

Mapping Manhattan

AIA CES: 1.5 LUs/ 1.5 HSW

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, JULY 19

Where: At The Center   

This is the second evening in a series of discussions about digital mapping and its impact on our cityscape. Beginning with the Manahatta project which recreates the unbuilt island of 1609 and ending with the most recent user-generated maps of Google Earth, the panel will explore how the city can be and has been understood through the vehicle of mapping. Different lenses and tools highlight various ways that the city has been organized and perceived. The respondents, all cartographers presented their maps during the first symposium in May.

Eric Sanderson
, Ph.D., Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society
Carl Skelton, Director, Brooklyn Experimental Media Center
Michael Kwartler, President, Environmental Simulation Lab
Joel W. Grossman, Ph.D., Senior Archaeological Project Manager

Steven Romalewski, Director, CUNY Mapping Service
John Tauranac, Cartographer and Adjunct Associate Professor of New York History and Architecture, NYU School of Continuing & Professional Studies

Phil Patton, Author and Design Journalist

Phil Patton is the author of John Margolies Roadside Architecture, Made in USA, Open Road and Dreamland, among other books. He writes for The New York Times on automobile design and has been a contributing editor to I.D., Wired and Esquire. He teaches in the MFA Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts.

Eric Sanderson is a Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society. He received his Ph.D. in ecosystem and landscape ecology from the University of California, Davis in 1998. He an expert on landscape and species conservation planning and has contributed to projects in Asia, Africa and the Americas. He is the director of The Mannahatta Project and now the Welikia Project, to study the historical and contemporary ecology of all five boroughs of New York City. In 2009 Abrams published his best-selling book, Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City.

Carl Skelton is the founding director of the integrated Digital Media programs and the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at NYU's Polytechnic Institute. His creative/research work is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation through its Cultural Innovation Fund, Microsoft Research, Red Hat, and Cisco Systems IBSG/Public Sector.

Michael Kwartler is an architect, planner, urban designer, and educator. He is the founding Director and President of the Environmental Simulation Center, a non-profit research laboratory created to develop innovative applications of information technology for community planning, design, and decision-making. Kwartler directed the design and development of CommunityViz™, the first GIS-based planning and design decision support software to fully integrate virtual reality with scenario design, impact analysis and policy simulation.

Joel Grossman PhD is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the planning and implementation of advanced applied technology solutions to expedite and enhance the feasibility of important archaeological and environmental initiatives in logistically challenging and hazardous conditions and has spent more than twenty-five years directing emergency rescue excavations throughout New York, New Jersey and the Caribbean. His scientific accomplishments include major prehistoric and historic discoveries throughout North America, the Andes of Peru, the Brazilian Amazon, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico.

Steven Romalewski is the Director of the CUNY Mapping Service at Center for Urban Research of the CUNY Graduate Center. The Mapping Service engages with foundations, public agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and CUNY researchers to use spatial information and analysis techniques to develop and execute applied research projects. The Mapping Service specializes in online applications that provide intuitive access to powerful data sets, displayed visually through interactive maps and in other formats. Mr. Romalewski also teaches graduate-level GIS courses at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment.

John Tauranac was an English lit major, which he likes to say qualifies him for nothing and everything, but it was as a writer that Tauranac became a mapmaker. He set out to write about the undercover passageways in Midtown Manhattan, to realize that the story was an instant cure for insomnia. Then the light bulb went on, and he mapped the passageways. He took his rough layouts to New York Magazine, who liked the concept, and they handed over his roughs to a graphic designer who metamorphosed them into the finished product. He wrote the guidebooks for MTA’s Culture Bus Loops as a freelance project for the Municipal Art Society, and in 1974 he was hired by the MTA to write and edit a guidebook to the city.

Organized by the Center for Architecture and cultureNOW.
Cost: Free for members and students; $10 for non-members.

A program of the exhibition Mapping the Cityscape, on view at the Center for Architecture starting July 6, 2011.

Betaville- Brooklyn Experimental Media Center
Center for Urban Research - City University of New York
New York Public Library
Spatial Information Design Lab- Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at Columbia University
Wildlife Conservation Society
Tauranac Maps
The Environmental Simulation Center, Ltd.

Dattner Architects

Related Programing:

Opening Reception

Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 6-8pm

From Maps to Apps: cultureNOW's Museum Without Walls Project
Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 6-8pm

Mapping Risk

Thursday, July 21, 2011, 6-8pm

Museum Without Walls: Blurring Boundaries
Monday, July 25, 2011, 6-8pm

Planning for the Future: Integrating Art & Architecture into a Digital Cultural Landscape
Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 6-8pm


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