Dear DUMBO: Animating Neighborhood Change and Culture


THE PROJECT
DUMBO is one of three neighborhoods in the “Tech Triangle,” and has served as a top-destination for New York City based tech firms in the past decade. The increase in tech-oriented activity has occurred in tandem with an increase in industrial-residential building conversion. This collaborative project explores cultural and infrastructural changes via animated maps. The density of tech firms and the location of WiFi hotspots serves as a proxy for tech culture while the density of art galleries (including artist studios) and the location of cultural spaces (such as concert venues and performance spaces) as a proxy for art culture.

Dear Dumbo,Collaborative Project by Antonio Huerta, Jesús Mora-Valle, & Konstantina Sarris

Dear Dumbo,Collaborative Project by Antonio Huerta, Jesús Mora-Valle, & Konstantina Sarris

ANIMATING THE EMERGENCE OF TECH CULTURE

Culture is something intangible, but can often be “felt” by the agglomeration of tangible aspects in the built environment. Here, the density of art galleries and cultural spaces (such as performance spaces, music venues, and museums) is a proxy for art culture. The density of tech-oriented firms and wifi hotspots congruously serve as a proxy for tech culture. Animating the growth of these trends produces an image of a steady art scene accompanied by new tech-minded neighbors.

Project collaboration between Antonio Huerta, Jesús Mora-Valle, & Konstantina Sarris