Co-Lab

MAPPING AS A SYNTHETIC, ANALYTIC, and FORMATIVE RESEARCH TOOL

DIY Cartography, 2016

DIY Cartography, Spring 2016

This graduate level seminar uses techniques of mapping—analyzing and making meaning of raw data—as a comparative analytic tool and as a way to uncover hidden meanings between data and reality. Connected to an ongoing project in partnership with the Urban Design Center and the City of Raleigh (COR) Museum, this course will analyze, synthesize and visualize Raleigh’s history, engage in field research as comparative analysis, and investigate and reflect on the effect of the mapping process on how data is understood. Through intense observation and interaction with census data, the physical environment and the offical and unofficial archival history of Raleigh, students will engage in a rich and triangulated approach to historical and social research. They will use the tools of mapping and synthesis as a way to make meaning of their findings and explain it to the community itself.

MAP SERIES 01: LOOKING AT THE NATURE OF RALEIGH’S HISTORY

Research Methodology: Archival Analysis
Mapping Methodology: Spatio-Temporal Maps

Working in cross-disciplinary teams, students mapped the development of the city through 6 topical lenses (natural history, social city, physical city, economy, politics, arts and culture). In these initial maps, which look at discrete components of the city over time, students paid special attention to how scale informs and transforms the message of the map through altering the resolution and visible measurements of the systems depicted.


Ashley Brewer, Mapping Public HIstory


Ashley Brewer, Mapping Public History


Amron Lee, History of Textile Manufacturing


Amron Lee, History of Textile Manufacturing


Jessica Klink, Natural History and Public Space


Jessica Klink, Natural History and Public Space


Ben Credle, History of Agriculture


Ben Credle, History of Agriculture


Angelica Gonzalez, History of Commercial Industry


Angelica Gonzalez, History of Commercial Industry


Courtney Richeson, History of Railways


Courtney Richeson, History of Railways


Stephanie Heimstead, History of Festivals


Stephanie Heimstead, History of Festivals


Sarah Lower, History of Land Acquisition


Sarah Lower, History of Land Acquisition


Rebecca Ryan, History of Education


Rebecca Ryan, History of Education


James Park, History of Crime


James Park, History of Crime

MAP SERIES 02: CONNECTING VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE HISTORIES, EXPOSING MOTIVATIONS

Research Methodology: Correlational
Mapping Methodology: Data / Network Maps

Based on findings from the first map, students identified a larger narrative they were interested in studying. Each student was assigned a set of marked and unmarked histories to incorporate into their narrative, and was expected to include additional narratives that resulted from independent research . They also looked at how the systems inherent in the event/person/place affected the infrastructural development of the city.

 

Courteny Richeson, Railroad Ownership

 

Courteny Richeson, Railroads and Town Development

 

Torey Kiss, Urban Spaces and Land Development

 

Stephanie Heimstead, Cultural Festivals

 

Sarah Lower, Families and Land Ownsership

 

Rebecca Ryan, Timeline of Educational Access

 

Amron Lee, Urban Renewal in DT Raleigh

 

James Park, Civil Rights

 

Devon Feeney, Gerrymandering and Leadership

 

Ben Credle, Agriculture

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MAP SERIES 03: TESTING THEORIES THROUGH OBSERVATIONAL MAPPING

Research Methodology: Mixed Methods (Observational and Participatory Research)
Mapping Methodology: Narrative Mapping

Students visited an identified site/area based on findings from previous maps and create a map (ala Nolli Map) that recorded their data. The goal of this map was to (1) test the theories and claims put forth in the previous maps and (2) find new patterns and relationships from the physical world and (3) include a survey or participatory component to collect new data.

 

Zeke Krautwurst

 

Zeke Krautwurst

 

Torey Kiss

 

Torey Kiss

 

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Amron Lee

 

James Park

 

James Park

 

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Courteney Richeson

 

Angelica Gonzalez

 

Angelica Gonzalez

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