The following drawings were made by all studio participants in the Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Fall 2019 courses.
Sergio Arreola, Ashley Baughman, Sephora Belizor, Morgan Breaux, Miles Buchta, Ricardo De La Garza, Keira Elkins, Daniel Eynon, Katherine Gesing, Rotana Finn Hok, Maclane Regan, Joseph Reich, Martin Reyna.
Bryson Bounds, Alexis Daniels, Mitzy González, Bernardo Guerra, Andrew Lane, Christopher Loofs, Stephanie Maddamma, Jordan Marshall, Samantha Offutt, Rebecca Ramirez, Kaytlyn Vavrecka.
Manuel Alvarado, Macy Anderson, Brendon Bangert, Ruomeng Li, Britteny Martinez, Christopher Olivarez, John Scott, Sugey Zavala.
This chapter includes the tens of maps created and processed to analyze—in cartographic mode, the various physical relations among urban structure, natural elements, and resources, including flooding, demographics, wildlife, and multiple other social, cultural, and economic or political manifestations on the territory.
The maps were done using publicly available data—in GIS (Geographic Information System) form, at the country, state, and city levels. Although GIS was not used as a tool in itself, it illustrated the conditions at each scale mapped through overlapping drawings and comparative analysis. Thus, mapping was a conscious act of documentation, extraction, plotting, and research.
The maps were also used discoursively and critically inquired much more than accepted as fact. The maps' information was contrasted with other content sources in many cases, including visual observation, news clips, or historical accounts. The maps were crucial in allowing the dialogue for each site construction and design response for the studio projects.
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