This blog is a research platform organizing projects, examples, and thoughts surrounding the idea of an urban mapping which reads the city as a network of individual activities and relationships in time rather than as a static form. This research looks at the city both from within and from above as kind of urban cat-scan. 

Friday, June 01, 2007

Notation A/V

Notation A/V is the original class that I developed and taught at the University of Michigan to explore the possibilities of digital audio and video recorders as tools of notation through which to study the city. This website of the original course presents the assignments developed and student projects which took these readiliy available devices and exploited them, using them as drawing tools.

Immersive Mapping and Google

"Immersive's Telemmersion® System is a compact, lightweight, unified camera system. The system generates synchronized, high resolution video streams representing a full-motion spherical world that can be experienced live or in a recorded form."

Immersive Media Corp. signed a contract to license street-level images of North American cities to Google Inc. to create an experience based mapping that you move through. Could this cartography be moving towards the simultaneous representation and reality depicted in Jorge Luis's tale and the Lewis Carroll's tale Sylvie and Bruno?

Thursday, February 01, 2007


A Section through the City and through Time

In the summer of 2001 a series of stationary audio/video takes zooming north on Manhattan was collected by walking the length of Broadway on the island from sunrise to sunset during the period of a week. That footage was then edited to create one continuous zoom through the city. The footage was speed up and slowed down to reveal different characteristics of the city. Four years later, a container marked with information about the city, pulled by a truck and containing the footage collected traveled the same trajectory on the island as a cross-section through the city and through time. This study, which merges the vocabularies of drawing and of moving image to address time in the study of place is drawn by the movement of the investigators' bodies/camera as if giant instruments with which to measure, locate, inscribe and represent the city. The representation is temporal, inhabitable and interactive.

link to Arch'it feature of project

link to slide show describing project