How Ennead Lab Uses Data in Service of More Equitable Design

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Ennead Lab, Ennead's research, development, and advocacy initiative, recently spoke with Architect Magazine about how they use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to find more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive solutions for the challenges of the built environment.

GIS allows architects to visualize different design scenarios using layers of data in a geographic context. “We can tell a holistic story,” says Masha Konopleva, AIA, co-director of Ennead Lab. “GIS allows us to better understand the visible and invisible characteristics of the site, its neighborhood context and the broader city that surrounds that. GIS really allows us to simultaneously interrogate layers of data in a variety of ways.”

“GIS helps us to overlay a multitude of site conditions that are critical drivers for planning long-term community integration and resource management, especially as we look for more nuanced and nimbler strategies,” says Amy Mielke, an associate principal at Ennead Architects.

Ennead Lab is currently using GIS to activate the  Soundview Economic Hub. The project, a collaboration between the Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, the Local Center, Ennead Lab, and Public Works Partners, will kick off with an art installation that reimagines and reclaims 30,000 square feet of underutilized space in the Bronx.

Read the full article here.

Learn more about the Soundview Economic Hub here.