The Spatial Information Design Lab is now the Center for Spatial Research at Columbia University. Visit our new site at c4sr.columbia.edu to find out about current projects and upcoming events. This site is an archive of work completed up to 2014.

justice

Justice Re-Investment New Orleans

Justice Re-Investment New Orleans
Author(s): Spatial Information Design Lab
Published on: February 1, 2009
This is the final report based on work done for a grant titled "Rebuilding Community, Prisoner Reentry and Neighborhood Planning in Post-Katrina New Orleans." The report contains three parts: 1. An Introduction to the concepts of Million Dollar Block maps and Justice Reinvestment. 2. Mapping Incarceration in Post-Katrina New Orleans. 3. A description of the neighborhood planing process and the four pilot projects were were implemented as a result of that process.
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justice
new orleans

The Pattern

The Pattern
Author(s): Spatial Information Design Lab
Published on: February 1, 2008
This publication documents the pattern of incarceration in four cities in the United States: Phoenix, Wichita, New Orleans and New York.
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million dollar blocks
justice

Scenario Planning Workshop

Scenario Planning Workshop
Author(s): Spatial Information Design Lab
Published on: September 29, 2006
This publication documents the results of a Scenario Planning Workshop, hosted by SIDL and facilitated by the Global Business Network on September 29th, 2006. The workshop took place at the Architectural League of New York as part of the exhibit, Architecture and Justice which was on view from September through October, 2006.
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million dollar blocks
justice
urban planning

From Waiting Rooms to Resource Hubs

From Waiting Rooms to Resource Hubs
Author(s): Laura Kurgan, Craig Hosang
Published on: April 6, 2011
In 2010, as a result of the Million Dollar Blocks Project and extensive work on Justice Reinvestment in Central City New Orleans and Brownsville Brooklyn, Laura Kurgan was invited by New York City’s Department of Probation to undertake a project with a department team exploring changes in the infrastructure of probation in the city. The project combined extensive use of DOP data on probationers, in order to understand the spatial dimensions of the city’s probation system, with a design strategy that brought a range of voices, from probationers themselves to their probation officers, into the process. Our report, From Waiting Rooms to Resource Hubs, recommended new design guidelines, services, and networked structures for probation rooms across the city. The outcome was a complete overhaul of their public spaces, transforming inert waiting rooms in court buildings into active information centers, and inserting what we called NeONS — Neighborhood Opportunity Networks — into high-probation zones in all five boroughs. The project, now almost fully implemented, has been recognized by the Bloomberg administration as an exemplary data-driven public policy initiative.
Keywords:
million dollar blocks
justice
new york city
probation