DETROITography

DETROITography began as a personal effort to better understand the City of Detroit and teach myself Geographic Information Systems (GIS). By 2013, I realized that I had been making a lot of maps of Detroit and had been talking with a lot of Detroit geographers and cartographers. I wanted a place to share my maps, the maps of other great cartographers, as well as historical maps. I also saw a void not being filled in connecting maps and data to the stories and situations of people.

DETROITography began as a personal effort to better understand the City of Detroit and teach myself Geographic Information Systems (GIS). By 2013, I realized that I had been making a lot of maps of Detroit and had been talking with a lot of Detroit geographers and cartographers. I wanted a place to share my maps, the maps of other great cartographers, as well as historical maps. I also saw a void not being filled in connecting maps and data to the stories and situations of people.

Date


2013 – Present

Awards


2015 Knight Cities Finalist

Grants


2014 Awesome Foundation

Exhibitions


2014 FOSS4G, Map Gallery

2014 Trumbullplex, Alley Culture

2015 Chicago Design Museum, The State of Detroit

2015 Praxis Center, Social Justice Mapping in Detroit

2015 INTERMINUS Gallery, Ecologies of Detroit

2016 Queens Museum, Map Mosaic: A Focus on Detroit

2016 University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Gallery, Mapping Detroit and Public Policy

2018 Detroit Center for Design and Technology, Intersections: The City Through Cartography

Media


Article Al Jazeera America, 2013

Article Model D Media, September 2014

Article WDET, September 2014

Article Metro Times, October 2014

Article Daily Detroit, October 2014

Article Gawker, February 2015

Article Model D Media, March 2015

Article Deadline Detroit, June 2015

Article Shareable, September 2015

Article Windsor Star, October 2015

Audio Michigan Radio, October 2015

Article CultureSource, November 2016

Article Michigan Daily, November 2016

Article Eater Detroit, April 2017

Article Curbed Detroit, February 2018

Publications


Articles

2015 Detroit Digital Justice Coalition: Opening Data Zine, Finding Land for the Community

2015 Progressive Planner, Urban Agriculture in Detroit: It’s not a ‘Food Desert,’ it’s about Food Sovereignty

2017 Antipode Online, “Nothing Changes”: Community Mapping Practice in Detroit

Books

2016 Detroit Research Journal

2016 Making Maps, Third Edition: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS

2017 4D Hyperlocal: A Cultural Toolkit for the Open-Source City

2018 The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities

2018 The People’s Atlas of Detroit


 

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