Third Spaces through the Lens of Data
The primary goal of the Third Spaces data analysis, visualization, and narrative representation project is to better understand and tell the story of Boston's third spaces, and to develop a clear set of data-linked metrics for the analysis of these socially generative places.
While third spaces have always been critical components to the vitality of urban communities, it is still difficult for municipal governments to intentionally and directly focus on investing in the cultural and social capital that third spaces generate because metrics that focus on outputs that go beyond traditional economic measures do not currently exist in a repeatable or systematic format. In collaboration with the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) team, Supernormal is exploring new data sources and narrative formats that paint a rich picture of the human experience of these urban spaces over time, and across distance and activity.
Beyond the translation of quantitative information into rich descriptions of civic quality, the goal of the project is the design and implementation of welcoming, connected, and fundamentally creative third spaces for all of Boston's people. These are a new generation of public spaces (programmatic and spatial) for 21st century civic life that foster total neighborhood health and a civil society.
Supernormal is beginning with an investigation of daily human experience in one of the city's least visible and well-served populations to create metrics for the understanding and production of spaces that reflect and improve the lives of all Bostonians.
Elizabeth Christoforetti, Will Cohen
Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
In progress. Images and analysis coming soon.