Mapping St. Louis
Mapping St. Louis is an accordion book noting the social and racial conflicts in St. Louis, Missouri, with emphasis on the weeks following Michael Brown's wrongful death in the City of Ferguson. I was inspired by the Situationist International's psychogeographical maps, which record emotions and behaviors of individuals drifting in an urban setting.
I asked three St. Louis suburbanites to map their routes in the city, then combined them with images generously provided by photojournalist Tim Tai, to create this project that was once a one-page essay.
The maps reflect the authors' concerns for personal safety, assumptions and general confusion in their surroundings. The suburban visitors' records provide personal context for understanding research by scholars like Mindy Thompson Fullilove and Jane Jacobs, who ask: How do broken connections in a city harm public health? Why are side walks crucial to the natural vibrancy of a city?
Mapping St. Louis was an Adobe Design Achievement Awards Semifinalist in the 2015 Social Impact Design category.