Mapping Focus

By Sara Queen, Tania Allen and Marc E. Russo.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This paper explores a real-time mapping project based on attendee participation. Content that is mapped includes where attendees originate from, where (if different) they travelled from, what workshops and presentations they will attend while at the conference, what, if any, response they have to the content of the sessions they attended, and where they will head after the conference is over. Throughout the course of the conference, content on the mapping board will grow a dialogue and discussion about the conference content overall. We envision this project as having three outcomes: 1) to map the diversity of conference participants in relationship to where they come from and where they might be going; 2) to begin to see relationships and craft meaning from the diversity of culture and point of view around various topic areas; and 3) to gather flows of perspective on various presentations and topics from within the conference as they pertain to larger, meta-narratives on those same topics internationally.

Keywords: Mapping, Geographies, Perspective, Culture

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.49-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 8.840MB).

Sara Queen

Assitant Professor of Architecture, College of Design, Department of Architecture, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

Sara Queen received her Bachelor of Environmental Design in architecture from North Carolina State University. Before earning her Master in architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, she worked as a lead designer and project manager with Frank Harmon Architect on multiple award winning projects. Her current area of research involves the theories and methodologies of geography in terms of dynamic site forces and how they apply to the practice of architecture.

Tania Allen

Extension Assistant Professor, College of Design, Department of Research and Extension, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

Tania Allen received a BA in history from Washington University in St. Louis and a Post-Baccalaureate degree in visual communications from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked for award-winning graphic design firms in Chicago and Boston on branding and communication systems development before completing her Masters in graphic design at North Carolina State University. Her current area of research involves collective memory through creative community engagement and narrative building.

Marc E. Russo

Assistant Professor, Art and Design, North Carolina State University, USA

Marc Russo is an Assistant Professor of Art+Design at North Carolina State University’s College of Design. Professor Russo has a BS and a MEd from Rutgers University and a Master of Art+Design with a concentration in Animation and New Media from NC State. For over a decade, he has worked as a production artist and a freelance designer throughout the Triangle. The projects range from print collateral and art direction to interactive training websites and animation. As an independent artist and animator, his animations have been selected by international film festivals and have won several awards, including “Excellence in Animation” from the Carrboro Film Festival and the “Experimental Film Award” from the Indie Grits Film Festival. Most recently, Professor Russo has been the Lead Digital Artist for the IntelliMedia Group. A part of the Department of Computer Science at NC State, the IntelliMedia Group creates educational video games for elementary and middle school students with funding from the National Science Foundation and The Gates Foundation.