Visualize the Cycle of Neighborhood Regeneration

This on-going project creates an innovative framework merging data visualization, interdisciplinary collaboration and public engagement to reveal the influence of forces – both natural and human – on the cultivation of creative resilience. The goal of the project is to integrate design, technology, community development, and the creative economy to provide new knowledge about neighborhood change in the face of environmental and economic challenges.

Project Background

Columbus is the 15th largest US city and the second largest city in the Midwest. The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, defence, food, clothes, steel, health care, retail, technology, etc. Due to its wide range of demographics, Columbus is considered a “typical” American city, leading retail and restaurant chains to use it as a test market for new products (source: wikipedia). The current downtown is going through another wave of transformation as multiple development projects are underway. The remaking of a neighborhood, especially in some areas such as Franklinton, with its rich history, the environment and its residents, the path to the future could be more complicated.

Franklinton provides the opportunity to examine the cycle of neighborhood regeneration in the face of exogenous and endogenous shocks, as its development is characterized by both Resilience (reactive choices) and Innovation (proactive choices). We will use visualization technology to examine humanity’s relationship with Franklinton’s ecological system. Data collection focuses on information concerning human conditions, government policies, and natural variabilities.