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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 in GSAPP's Lectures in Planning Series (LiPS) this fall! "Critical Distance: Notes on GIS from the Ground." is 12 Sep.

Speaking on "Maps & Mayhem" at the Lady Science Forum hosted by BioDigital at the NYPL Grand Central Library on 30 Aug. The event is "Planning for Sharing: The Science of Urban Design" RSVP via Facebook.

JUNE 2017
Speaking at the University of Copenhagen on "Density & Connectivity: Land Use in Midnineteenth-Century New York" with G Baics on 19 Jun.

APRIL 2017
Keynote speaker with Gergely Baics at "Humanizing Data: Data, Humanities, and the City" a day-long symposium organized by the NYU Urban Democracy Lab on 8 Apr.

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