Mapping Nodes for Social Capital in Public Spaces

1. Heat Maps + Granada

Granada 2

GPS locations of data collected via phone survey, with Grasshopper definition for generating heat maps.Grasshopper_Attempt_1

Genome diagrams: architectural qualities of public squares

Percentage of facade glazed or open diagrams

Thin line = more transparent facade. Thick line = more opaque facade.

percent glazed

Building types diagrams

Circle hatch = residential. Triangle hatch = commercial. Dot hatch = institutional/spiritual. No hatch = other.

Buliding Types

Number of Floors Diagrams

Thin line = shorter facade. Thick line = taller facade.


Operability of openings diagrams


Larger circles = juliette balconies or porches. Smaller circles = operable full height glazing. 


2. Unit/Module

unit_module_point 2

3. Primary/ Secondary Data Genomes + Icons


4. Workflow and 22@ Site Selection Process

workflow 2

5. Infographics

6. Precedents / Parametric Places


3 responses to “Mapping Nodes for Social Capital in Public Spaces

  1. The concept of your survey is broad, and while the idea of cataloguing nodes is valiant in its universality, there may be problems (1) getting them all (2) finding new patterns that couldn’t be found more easily in google maps or a public website. I liked the language of the urban room study in Granada, and encourage a spatial/material connection in the observations you undertake. Nodes themselves are not a thesis; instead of proposing to log the node system it may be more fruitful to capture the field of a sample area and the characteristics that relate the primary (ex: operable openings) to the secondary (ex: art interventions). Ideally, there is a mapping action that reveals the social city, and maybe even comes back to the green wall (sort-of): a manner in which you reinforce the social goals. For example, if successful nodes exhibit less operable windows, is there a characteristic language of walls that create a novel space that users are drawn to?

  2. Also, more than trying to find the nodes, perhaps, there is a way to catagorize them in your survey, open/closed, apparent/not apparent, busy/not busy, time of day cycles, alternate uses, subversions

  3. Overall i see some passionate energy and that is most important.
    Nest step is to trust the outline and the language more so we came communicate and understand the differences in each project very quickly and move on to content, method of research and the urban analysis tool.
    The process is absolutely important. Lets also focus on a collection of drawings with common language. A key next step will be the understanding via the help of a highlight color of a line of thought across various types of drawings.
    Continue to work with Aliza to understand the commonalities and differences between the projects.
    Lets work on the graphic understanding via the blog- clear hierarchy of text and ideas in a synthesis of ideas that connect and build. i have an outline started.

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