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Context Explorer NYC

Created by Edbert Cheng & Yiwen Che
Launch Project
Map New York City Python Real Estate

How I Started

Context Explorer NYC helps designers, architects, and citizens become more acquainted with urban and building data. This app aims to visualize zoning and site research needed to jump-start preliminary design projects.

How I Built This

We both come from an architecture and real estate background, and we see a demand for more user-friendly visualization tools for urban information. We looked at New York City, where we have both lived and worked. Starting with the Zoning Tax Lot database, we were able to collect lot and building information. The data was then cleaned and reformatted into JSON files using python. Additional zoning and neighborhood information comes from MapPLUTO and other public APIs. The map viewer uses Mapbox, and the web architecture is created with React, with Figma for UI prototyping.

Edbert Cheng & Yiwen Che

Edbert is an architectural designer and frontend developer from St. Louis. He is a multidisciplinary designer interested in translating spatial experiences between physical and digital environments. Some of his recent projects include an animated weather application, concept design for velo sheds, and a query database for building specifications.

Yiwen is a design technologist from New York. She enjoys using data-science lexicon to redefine the contemporary meaning of visual art. Trained as an architect with a specialty in psychology, Yiwen works to substantiate intangible concepts via effective visual communication. Some of her recent projects include social media trends mapping, food nutrients decoder, and post-pandemic coworking space design automation.

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