How can data visualizations help us rethink our criminal justice system, reassess what we mean by affordable housing and re-imagine our urban spaces as just cities—built upon fairness, opportunity and shared prosperity? How can inclusive design jumpstart critical conversation, inspire local action and lead to wider, more lasting results? Three transformative thinkers show us what happens when data moves from our desktops into the communities we serve.
Leah Meisterlin is an architecture and urbanism researcher and designer, geographic information systems specialist and cartographer. In 2008, she cofounded the interdisciplinary architecture research and design firm PRE-Office. She has studied questions surrounding American housing as an associate research scholar at Columbia University's Temple Hoyne Buell Center, and is currently a cartographer and GIS specialist at Urbanscale and a sociospatial researcher at New York University's Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health. Her work is primarily focused on concurrent issues of spatial justice, informational ethics and the effects of infrastructural networks on the construction of social and political space.