This is an Urbanscale Weeknote titled “Week 54: Site launch, Madrid and beyond,” written by J.D. Hollis in New York City on the 11th of January 2012.

Week 54: Site launch, Madrid and beyond

J.D. Hollis on 11 January 2012

First off, welcome to our newly-redesigned site! Jeff and Mayo have spent the past several weeks putting everything in place atop a foundation built for us by our friends Kristin Gräfe and Marcus Schaefer, with Jeff pushing through last weekend for a soft launch Sunday evening.

» Aside from helping Jeff with the site, Mayo has been putting the finishing touches on a video demonstrating our Farevalue/PERRY prototype; look for that video soon. For my part, I’m spending the week polishing our Urbanflow iPad demo, and then I’m back into Transitflow.

» Leah, Jeff and Adam are headed to Madrid on Sunday to conduct a spatial data analysis workshop for Spanish bank BBVA, and they have been heads-down all this week preparing for that. (Every time I glance over Leah’s shoulder, I see some new work of cartographic beauty, so I trust those preparations are going smoothly.) While in Madrid, Adam will be joining Kevin Slavin and Nicolas Nova for a free, public discussion on the 18th of January, under the rubric “Beyond Smart Cities.” The team also hopes to be given a tour of Madrid RIO, a linear amenity that does the High Line one better by converting a several-kilometer stretch of the M-30 ring road into parkland.

» Coming up the following week, Adam will be catching an Acela down to DC to participate in a summit on the Future of Transportation sponsored by Deloitte’s GovLab. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share our vision of transmobility with some of the sector’s most thoughtful, experienced and influential people.

» A bit further out, Leah’s work will be featured in an upcoming show at MoMA entitled Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream. You can read about the design process behind the show here. Foreclosed opens February 15th.

» Logistics: Mayo and I will be holding down the fort on Centre Street next week while Leah, Jeff and Adam are in Madrid. Do drop by the studio and say hi. As ever, you can find us at Temple Bar for FRIDAYS AT 7. We’ll have Urbanscale Year One t-shirts for purchase, so bring cash if you’d like one. Endmark