Visualizing some of the Boston area's Black neighborhoods - in textiles
Soft City by Amanda Ugorji and Sophie Weston Chien is a series of maps of Roxbury, Dorchester and East Cambridge, done as tapestries - using data from flood maps, Climate Ready Boston and the US Census.
The information mapped tells the story of the past, present and future of Black residents, and the ecological resilience of the neighborhoods they live in. Hard (impervious) and soft (pervious) land uses are codified using colors with overlays of Black residents and flood zones on the tapestries. The softness and materiality of tufting interrogates the traditional top-down approach to space planning and management in the city and offers new tactile ways to explore our understanding of urban space, at all ages.
The maps will be on display in December at the Leventhal Map Center at the BPL main library in Copley Square, with an opening reception on Dec. 1.
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Beautiful creative work. Also cool that this was supported by the MIT Council for the Arts.