ESC to Participate in "Mapping the Cityscape Exhibition"--July 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 11:18AM
Environmental Simulation Center


The ESC is proud to announce its participation in the upcoming AIA Exhibition entitled Mapping the Cityscape, which opens on July 6, 2011 at the Center for Architecture in New York City.  Also, as a part of this exhibition, Michael Kwartler will serve on a panel discussion on July 19, 2011 entitled Mapping Manhattan.   

Mapping the Cityscape Exhibition Opening

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, JULY 6


Center for Architcture
536 LaGuardia Place
NY, NY 10012
(212) 683-0023

Join us for the opening reception of the exhibition Mapping the Cityscape

Cost: Free


In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Manhattan Grid, Mapping the Cityscape focuses on the ways in which mapping influences our perception of the environment. Historically, cartographers created maps to document the built environment to ease navigation and ensure the safety of both city dwellers and travelers. With developments in desktop publishing, mapmakers were empowered with tools to create diagrammatic and interpretive maps that conveyed more layers of information. Maps began to move beyond the pure documentation of our surroundings to a more holistic understanding of place.


Mapping the Cityscape addresses the state of mapmaking by showing some of the most provocative maps of Manhattan from 1609 - 2011, including ecological, historic, transportation, planning, cultural, civic data, and aerial maps. We encourage design professionals from all disciplines and the general public to explore and engage these new methodologies to better shape our urban landscape.


to read the full description of the exhibition click here 


Betaville- Brooklyn Experimental Media Center
Center for Urban Research - City University of New York
New York Public Library
Spatial Information Design Lab- Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at Columbia University
Wildlife Conservation Society
Tauranac Maps
The Environmental Simulation Center, Ltd.

Mapping Manhattan Panel Discussion

including ESC President Michael Kwartler


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, JULY 19

Where: At The Center    

This is the second evening in a series of discussions about digital mapping and its impact on our cityscape. Beginning with the Manahatta project which recreates the unbuilt island of 1609 and ending with the most recent user-generated maps of Google Earth, the panel will explore how the city can be and has been understood through the vehicle of mapping. Different lenses and tools highlight various ways that the city has been organized and perceived. The respondents, all cartographers presented their maps during the first symposium in May.

Eric Sanderson
, Ph.D., Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society
Carl Skelton, Director, Brooklyn Experimental Media Center
Michael Kwartler, President, Environmental Simulation Lab
Joel W. Grossman, Ph.D., Senior Archaeological Project Manager
Jesse Friedman, Product Marketing Manager with Google Maps and Earth

Matt Knutzen
, Assitant Chief, Map Division, New York Public Library
Laura Kurgan, Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab (SIDL) and the Director of Visual Studies Columbia GSAPP
Steven Romalewski, Director, CUNY Mapping Service
John Tauranac, Cartographer and Adjunct Associate Professor of New York History and Architecture, NYU School of Continuing & Professional Studies

Phil Patton, Author and Design Journalist

to learn more about this Panel Discussion and other Related Programming click here.


Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you at one or each of these events!



The Environmental Simulation Center


To see our July 2011 Newsletter click here

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