Category : activism

Citizens and Artists
Posted by on February 27, 2018
Posted in: activism, creative community, inspiration

These days (but also always), it’s especially important to consider what it means to be a citizen (i.e., “member of society,” not “person of a certain legal status”). If we believe in this whole “American experiment” thing, then, as citizens, we have rights and responsibilities. These are intimately linked: without the concerted efforts of people […]

BBPDX's First Birthday
Posted by on February 14, 2018
Posted in: activism, creative community, events

Business for a Better Portland—BBPDX for short—is a community-building organization focused on mobilizing local business owners toward positive change. When it was founded about a year ago, Fat Pencil Studio was one of the first businesses to join. Recently, BBPDX celebrated its first birthday with a party for its members, cake and all. The last […]

Video Analytics and Vision Zero
Posted by on February 5, 2018
Posted in: activism, data visualization, safety, transportation, urban design

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve written about Vision Zero (1, 2), but hardly a week goes by that we aren’t reminded of the importance of it. As Portland’s streets get busier, they also get more deadly. Last year, 50 people lost their lives in traffic incidents. (For some reason, PBOT’s Vision Zero […]

Assembling the Story

Featured image credit: Forensic Architecture, Drone Strike Investigation Case #3; MSNBC Back in July, I wrote a post called Threshold of Detectability, inspired by Eyal Weizman’s book Forensic Architecture. In the piece I discussed the inherent power structure that exists within the data technology industry by way of restricted access to information, often with the […]

The Threshold of Detectability

Recently our studio got a copy of Eyal Weizman’s book, Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability. Weizman is the founder of Forensic Architecture, a research agency based in London and founded in 2011. They use a combination of forensic and architectural methods to investigate war crimes, assassinations, and other human rights abuses where there have been attempts […]

Resistance GIS
Posted by on June 2, 2017
Posted in: activism, conferences, data visualization, events, GIS, mapping

On May 20th, one of Portland’s first sunny Saturdays the year, 200 people elected to stay inside and talk about maps. Maps they love and hate, maps they made themselves or dreamed of making, how we make maps and why we make maps. This was the first-ever Resistance GIS Conference, held in a dim auditorium […]