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City Science: The Office of New Urban Mechanics speaks at MIT

The Changing Places group runs the City Science lecture series. Today they are hosting Nigel Jacob (Co-Chair), Chris Osgood (Co-Chair), and Michael Evans (Developer) from the Office of New Urban Mechanics for the City of Boston.

The Detroit Geographic Expedition and Institute: A Case Study in Civic Mapping

Where Commuters Run Over Black Children

"We are new into your thing. We have never been there before; we never wanted to go before until some one of your people, Bill Bunge, whether you want him or not, was telling us about geography and what it could do for us. He showed that geography could be meaningful and it could be useful to our thing. We did not believe him. Then he brought out maps and we still did not believe him. 'What in the hell is a mountain doing in Detroit?' That is what we thought about it, all those funny little things geographers do. 

Out of all the stuff they were saying to us, we wondered how we could take a little bit out of all that 'bull' and make it useful."

- Gwendolyn Warren, Remarks at the Conference on the Geography of the Future, Bayfield, Ontario, October 18, 1970, as cited in Field Notes III

Mind the Map: Toward a Handbook for Journalists

by Luisa Beck and Catherine D’Ignazio, with suggestions from the Participatory News class

“What is it we want our maps to be now, if no longer a single authoritative view or the world?” 
- Brooke Gladstone, Host of NPR’s On the Media

How Close to Home? Crisis, Attention and Geographic Bias


 Boston Marathon Bombings, April 15, 2013                Lushan Earthquake, April 20, 2013  

                               (Credit: AFP/Getty Images, National Geographic)

A Critical Geography of the News Coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings

By Catherine D'Ignazio and Luisa Beck

Counter Cartographies with Lize Mogel

VizThink by Willow Brugh

Artist and designer Lize Mogel came to the Center for Civic Media to discuss "Counter-cartography" a practice that uses maps and mapping to challenge the mainstream narrative of a site or history, from a political or activist perspective.