One of the most valuable resources making American cities more resilient in the face of climate change is the lowly vacant lot. Over the last six years, de Monchaux and his team have used digital mapping tools and data science to devise essential, efficient, and fair ways to reinforce cities’ physical, social, and ecological resilience to face the growing and multifaceted threats to our urban communities and infrastructure. This work shows how digital mapping and design methods can reveal new opportunities and design methods in our cities’ most unexpected and underappreciated environments.
Nicholas de Monchaux is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (2011), an architectural and urban history of the Apollo spacesuit, winner of the Eugene Emme award from the American Astronautical Society and shortlisted for the Art Book Prize; and Local Code: 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities (2016). With Kathryn Moll, he is principal of Modem. His work has been exhibited widely, including at the Biennial of the Americas, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Lisbon Architecture Triennial, SFMOMA, and the Chicago MCA.