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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. 


Speaking at GeoNYC's "No One Ever Said Mapping Time Easy" on 13 Feb. Info and RSVP here.

Speaking at the SVA Design Research, Writing, and Criticism lecture series on 6 Dec in NYC. 

Cher finissage event in Copenhagen on 11 Nov, to close out the year-long project for the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: After Belonging. Join us that afternoon at the Danish Architecture Center.

Speaking on 29 Oct at the Columbia Women's Leadership Conference on intersectionality and the production of gendered space in cities.

"Zoning Before Zoning: Land Use & Density in Mid-19th-Century New York" with G Baics (article in AAAG) reported in The Atlantic's CityLab by Richard Florida.

Old News here.