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Using data, engines and new media to provide a new tool for navigating our built environment.


To understand the relationship between development patterns, energy use and government spending.

To establish expertise for the University in the area of consumption patterns as they relate to the built environment.

To make a simple machine that uses social media to allow an individual to place himself into a meaningful virtual geospatial context that shows that person’s relationship to his local social / economic / built environment.


Puritan theocracy- Jeffersonian agrarianism


Robert Owen, Green Metropolis

James Howard Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers


Objective:  To build Quality of Life Indicator ENGINE with four parts:  1. data identification and collection (THE WORLD) 2. data organization (INTERPRETATION OF THE WORLD), 3. social media interface (MY PLACE IN THE WORLD)

-limit scope by studying two or three zip codes that give a representative sampling: Manhattan, Cherry Hill

-Bloomberg for city services



Being Dense about Denmark, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Urban Omnibus

Bodega Down Bronx, The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Design Observer

A Country of Cities, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Urban Omnibus

Double Down on Density, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Urban Omnibus

To LEED is Human, to Lead Divine, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Urban Omnibus

A Sense of Place, A World of Augmented Reality, Mitchell Schwarzer, Design Observer




historic earth

H+T Affordability Index


neighborhood link



the political compass

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