Past Event

Cartographies of Distance and Difference with Leah Meisterlin

March 17, 2019
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

On March 17, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing invites you to a public talk by Leah Meisterlin, Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at Columbia GSAPP.

With historical and contemporary examples, this talk presents current research on techniques of digital mapping, in pursuit of pluralism in geospatial representation. The project focuses on revealing unrepresented variations between communities and groups, variations that are etched onto cities by structural differences in daily constraints and concomitant spatial practices, particularly between the genders. Toward this aim, the talk presents an alternative cartographic framework for understanding urban distance, one that hopes to prompt consideration of whose city we map based on the methods we use.



Leah Meisterlin is an urbanist, GIS methodologist, and Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at Columbia GSAPP. Broadly, her research engages concurrent issues of spatial justice, informational ethics, and the effects of infrastructural networks on the construction of social and political space. Her current research explores the ways in which digital technologies are restructuring urban spatial politics and altering methods, both contemporary and historical, of urban research.

Weiping Wu is Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia GSAPP and Director of the M.S. Urban Planning program. Trained in architecture and urban planning, Professor Wu is an internationally acclaimed planning scholar working on global urbanization with a specific expertise in issues of migration, housing, and infrastructure of Chinese cities. Her published work has gained an increasing public presence, particularly her recent book The Chinese City. It offers a critical understanding of China’s urbanization, exploring how the complexity of Chinese cities both conforms to and defies conventional urban theories and experience of cities elsewhere around the world. She is the President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Urban China Research Network, as well as serving on the editorial board of four journals. In addition, she has provided consultation to the Ford Foundation, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and World Bank.



3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Opening and Introduction

Speakers: Steffen Boddeker,Associate Dean of Admissions and Outreach at Columbia GSAPP; Leah Meisterlin

3:50 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. Leah Meisterlin's public talk

4:40 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. Q&A

5:10 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception


Special Notice
  • The event will be conducted in English.

  • Due to limited seats, registration will be verified through the QR code confirmation. Please present your QR code at the entrance. 

  • Registration begins 30 minutes prior to the program. Please plan to arrive no earlier than the registration time and no later than 20 minutes after the end of registration period.

  • If you are unable to attend the event, please inform us in advance. 

  • If you have any questions, please email [email protected]