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A map says to you, "Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not." 
It says, "I am the earth in the palm of your hand. Without me, you are alone and lost." [1]


In 1970, Waldo Tobler coined the First Law of Geography: "Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things" [2]. Forty-plus years later, his dictum remains as true as ever, and somewhere in the many meanings of related and the changing definitions of near and distant lie the questions of how we construct and navigate the human environment. From the local causes and effects of globalization to remarkable shifts in worldwide demographics to the appropriation of virtual space as public space, the qualitative and quantitative relationships between near (and less near) things speak to, both, how we make the world in which we live and how we live in it together.

For these and many other reasons, Leah Meisterlin works between geography and policy, between urbanism and architecture, somewhere between maps and plans. Featured here are some of her thoughts and work.   

[1] Beryl Markham. West with the Night. New York: North Point Press, 1983.
[2] Waldo Tobler. "A computer movie simulating urban growth in the Detroit region." Economic Geography. 1970, 46(2): 234-240. 


Presenting at the Architectural League of New York's Annual Student Program on 24 Sep. A full day of diverse practices. More info and registration here

Presentation and Panel Discussion at the AIA Center for Architecture on 19 Sep. The topic: "Designing for People Using Evidence." More info and RSVP here.

The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: After Belonging opened on 8 Sep and will remain on view until 27 Nov. If you're in Norway, check out the Cher photo booth!

The prototype-as-provocation, Cher officially launched at the OAT opening. Check it out at (desktop or mobile browser). 

The planning team for New York City's first Cultural Plan was announced. Led by Hester Street Collective, Leah will be contributing data analysis and advanced mapping.

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