The Conscious Maps projects works to build comprehensive analyses of local issues through community outreach, civic engagement, and intense geographic research. Special attention is paid to the design of workshops, surveys, and other means of connecting with citizens to engage them in participatory mapping methods. This publicly-generated data is abstract, but when paired with quantitative data (i.e. census or topographical data) the understanding of a place and its local issues become clearer, and much more inclusive. Through the Conscious Maps project I continue to pursue new uses of GIS to map issues of contested space, marginalization, and disenfranchised housing project residents.
My passion for geography is ultimately mapping that which is perceived as “un-mappable”. I am driven to discover new methodologies and finding ways to visualize qualitative data. I find that expressions of a space through human emotions, navigation, movement patterns, and neighborhood formation is valuable data that is necessary to understand and better a place. Cities and neighborhoods are organisms that constantly evolve, change, and re-incarnate and I want to explore these organisms in-depth. Researching urban phenomena require an understanding of many different issues; one must connect several dots to gain perspective on the big picture and successfully work to solve problems.