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. 

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