Raleigh Urbanization

A spatio-temporal investigation on the redevelopment of historic properties in Raleigh, North Carolina

How does personal bias and the design process influence final outcomes?


Raleigh, with a population growth of 49% since 2001, is the 4th fastest growing city in the country according to the US Census Bureau. Longtime community members are experiencing erasure of the historic urban fabric due to the rapid and continuous development of downtown communities and rising property values. This project was created as a part of an initiative with Co/Lab, to create inclusive dialog about the past, present, and future of the city of Raleigh.


Discover the Process

Design is a form of communication and a method of discovery. Creating is, therefore, tightly tied to curiosity. Through the process, it is a method that shifts perspectives in a way that ultimately leads to increasingly provocative questions.

Mapping as an explorative, critical research tool

ArcMAP GIS, the Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Excel were used to engage actively with the research and draw conclusions throughout the process using various methods to analyze both qualitative and quantitative information to inform a deeper understanding of urban development.

This project was presented at UDC Talks for the Urban Design Center and exhibited at the COR Museum in Raleigh. Watch the presentation in the video below.

This project was completed in collaboration with Co/Lab, an initiative that has worked in a number of participatory and public projects that aim to use mapping as a tool to collect, synthesize and analyze community behavior and attitudes. 


Off Your Plate

Off Your Plate

Gravity Well

Gravity Well