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Mapping the Cityscape: New Needs & New Tools
sponsored by the AIANY Urban Design Committee and cultureNOW

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Date: May 5, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Moderator: Abby Suckle FAIA, President, cultureNOW

The symposium focused on the role of emerging digital technologies in transforming our perception of our environment. Traditionally, mapping has been viewed as a tool to convey information graphically in a two-dimensional representation of place. The advent of GIS, Google maps, and smartphone technology has expanded the scope of the medium to embrace user generated input. The new maps are reaching both a target and a broader audience simultaneously. Recognizing these trends, the panel will address the state of the art and how the design professions can effectively engage these new methodologies to better shape our urban landscape.

Laura Kurgan, Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia
Steven Romalewski, Director CUNY Mapping Service, Center for Urban Reserach CUNY
John Tauranac, author & cartographer, the NY Subway Map, Manhattan Block by Block
Matt Knutzen, NYPL Geospatial Library

Zach Seward, Outreach Editor, Wall Street Journal
Jesse Friedman, Product Marketing Manager, Google Maps and Google Earth