UW Interior Space Routing App Developed From Past Geography Project

The GEOG 469 group

The GEOG 469 group responsible for developing the Interior Space Routing project.
From left to right: Alain Huggler, Anthony Nguyen, Read Slichter, Aaron Cheuvront

Each year the GIS Workshop, GEOG 469, invites clients into the classroom to work with students to solve real-world problems using GIS. Several years ago Dr. Tim Nyerges brought in one real-world problem that hit close to home–how to improve human accessibility to campus space here at the University of Washington. The students, working with Aaron Cheuvront of the UW Capital Projects Office, worked to develop a custom integration process between floor plans of campus buildings and GIS, which has enabled the utilization of GIS for interior space mapping at a large scale. In other words, this integration allowed GIS users to explore the layouts of campus buildings. More recently Aaron was able to collaborate with individuals at Esri Canada to transform this project into an iOS application. By feeding the students’ routing data into a pre-existing application, they were able to develop a fully functional, mobile tool for navigation inside buildings on campus. Ideally this application would help students to find classrooms, among other uses. Aaron continues to look for funding to extend coverage of the prototype application to all of campus. To learn more, check out this video of the data in action!

Fantastic to see the class project of several Geography students transform into something that might help future students!

US Cities Becoming More Diverse AND More Segregated




The Atlantic Cities blog recently profiled a study by Professor Mark Ellis and colleagues arguing that US cities are diversifying even as they are becoming increasingly segregated. As colleague Richard Wright of Dartmouth argues,  “You can have segregation and diversity in the same place, at the same time”. Their research, The Racially Fragmented City? Neighborhood Racial Segregation and Diversity Jointly Considered:

reflects on the racial configuration of urban space. Previous research tends to posit racial segregation and diversity as either endpoints on a continuum of racial dominance or mirror images of one another. Segregation and diversity must be jointly understood and are necessarily related, but in this paper we make the case that the neighborhood geographies of US metropolitan areas are simultaneously and increasingly marked by both racial segregation and racial diversity. We inspect the neighborhood racial structure of several large metropolitan areas for 1990 and 2000 to demonstrate the “both/and”-ness of segregation and diversity.

The project’s MixedMetro website explores “the complex patterns of segregation and diversity in these communities shape the lives of the people who call them home. It is designed to help users  explore patterns of racial composition in major US metropolitan areas and individual states by state or metro area, and offers lots of maps of urban residential population patterns.