Sunday, January 17, 2016

The reporting of these emissions is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's PlaNYC has set out to lower citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. To meet this ambitious goal, energy expenditure must be tracked. A suite of laws was put in place under the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. One of these, Local Law 84, require benchmarking of energy and water consumption for tax lots with single properties that have over 50,000 square feet of floor space, and tax lots with multiple properties where there's over 100,000 square feet of floor area.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Nearing the end of my fellowship, my project is coming together.

I purchased a domain for the project, and am using the name I have been thinking of since the beginning--

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Over the last two weeks, it's become clear where my concentration needs to lie for the last two weeks of the fellowship.
Here's what I'm focusing on:
1. Distinguishing between case studies
2. Making the map do some work
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Over the past week, I've started adding the narratives to my case studies. While the timing of the animations still needs to be worked out, I'm pleased with the way the infoboxes are looking. I've also solidified my ideas for placing this work in a physical space.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

This week I've been focused on pulling in real data and starting to build out multiple case studies. I've integrated the infoboxes into the site as well. I'm now focused on the accuracy of data representation and how the space on the site is used to tell the story, and continue to think about the physical installation of the work.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

As I move forward with my project on invasive plant species in the Bay Area, I've spent more time thinking through how each of the narratives will be structured. In addition to tracking the rise and fall of observation counts, I want to draw attention to the these plants' physiology and morphology through diagrams and animations. I'm also thinking through other ways I can represent the invasion of these plants.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After doing the initial research on my project and exploring which invasive plant species were causing the most damage in the Bay Area, I took a step back from the data to think about the narrative of the project and how it would be told, and created mockups to show how the interface might be developed.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

As the Creative Code Fellowship got underway, I spent much of the first week zeroing in on the case studies that I want to examine with this project, then gathering data for each case, while determining the best sources to use. As I gathered data on the first few case studies, I began plotting the points on a map to see what it might look like initially.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I'm interested in creating a series of visualizations that explore the effects of invasive plant species on Bay Area ecosystems. Focusing on a select number of case studies, I will create a narrative of the struggle between native plants and the invasive plants that are displacing them. I'll extend the exploration of these networks by including affected wildlife populations, waterways, and other resources.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Notes on process and design decisions

The United States Geological Survey has a wealth of resources that have proved helpful to me in my interest in mapping environmental data. In combing through the data, I'll often follow a trail of links to related information that seems interesting, and inevitably I find myself at a new subdomain. In fact, the USGS uses nearly 85 different subdomains. In an effort to get a better understanding of what exists and to locate information data more easily in the future, I made a list of them, with titles and descriptions. Pull requests encouraged.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

New York City's urban forest provides numerous environmental and social benefits, and street trees compose roughly 25% of that canopy.1 While I had seen some numbers on the percentage breakdown of species throughout the city, I was interested in looking at the composition in detail. I wanted to see what patterns took shape in various neighborhoods, and across the city, and to see how the density of trees shifted.
To this end, one can explore the map in two ways: by using the tooltips and zoom function to identify particular trees, or by using the filter option to see the distribution of each species. I've also provided the option of disabling the base map for a starker, more abstract view.