Luckily, Champion (2016) didn’t have to do too much convincing on me regarding visualization’s importance. My visualization concerns have usually involved gaining strategies for creating clear-cut visualizations rather than those that cover a wide range of points or are too open to interpretation. I assumed the more intricate the visualization technology, the more difficult it would be to achieve this, but then I was intrigued to learn the use of VR and how the game-playing examples could have clear knowledge-making potential.
Now I’m thinking about my mapping project and how visualization could be enhanced (beyond just the map) to argue that the loss of spaces meant/means something to the Lansing community. Initially I felt the strength of mapping was that it disrupted a linear navigation of sites and provided the distribution of sites and how they constituted a neighborhood space and culture. I had been playing with pop-ups that show Google street maps, but unfortunately, that’ll only allow users to navigate the most recent neighborhood scene around the documented site’s address. Then I thought, based on Champion’s (2016) discussion of model vs. simulation, that if a street map view could simulate the development of a given site from its earliest iteration to its changes based on urban redevelopment, it would be clearer for users to track the life of a heritage site. I wonder if such a thing were thought of yet, and I wonder if it could develop to simulate a similar enculturation experience related to inhabiting the site.
See my attempt at visualizations.