- Center for Architecture Team
The November 2021 New York City election will lead to unprecedented turnover in city government; in addition to the mayor, 40 elected officials will reach term limits. In response to this singular opportunity for change, AIA New York partnered with MIT's Civic Design Data Lab (CDDL) on a two-part visualization project exploring four critical themes: the Evolving Public Realm, Climate Change and Resilience, Right to Housing, and Public Health.
We began with a very simple and graphically-driven digital identity, and as the visualizations were created by CDDL, we chose to add additional visual components that really played up the data sets.
The first phase of the project, launched in October, visualizes responses by New Yorkers to 16 prompts related to the project's four main themes. For phase two, these themes are explored through additional data visualizations created by CDDL, which dive deep into specific issues that are impacting NYC. This work is complemented by six additional visualizations by MIT students.
The data visualizations were developed by students at MIT's Civic Design Data Lab (CDDL). We used Wordpress, WP Engine, and the Adobe Creative Suite.
While there was no client in this project, there were many stakeholders, including the students at CDDL, leadership at AIA New York, the web design and development team, and the Center for Architecture exhibition team. We were able to work together intensely and consistently to present the data is a way that was accessible and also didn't misrepresent our capabilities or the reach of the available data on each given topic.
We hope this project will serve as a tool to help New Yorkers understand what is at stake in 2021!
The next 12 months may be some of the most momentous in NYC's history, with a confluence of events — including the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and an election with the potential to reshape the political landscape — creating major opportunities for change. This project has the opportunity to help New Yorkers make vital decisions that will shape our city's future!