mapping homelessness

A nomadic settlement is as complex to map as the sky can be. Clouds are constantly moving and reshaping, regrouping and vanishing; some methods like isobar curves can represent graphically lines of equal pressure. But air flows with its temperature variations, and so behave homeless people in Los Angeles. With a reported community of over 70,000 souls wandering in its streets, California’s largest metropolis leads the US ranking. In 2006-2007 Cartifact found in the Heat Map format the way to track movements and meeting points throughout the city of this Downtown community, which attracts as many as 3,000-4,000 individuals.

They visualize the information provided by the municipality every two weeks, compiling data between midnight and 4 am. This series of maps shows the density of a floating population overlaying the formal urban grid, both in a figurative and literal sense. But at the same time, they can reveal real weather: colder temperatures at certain nights makes the amount of homeless radically drop or move to more protected areas.

Meanwhile, witty shelters allow them navigate through the city to a next stop they can call Home.

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