Hi! I'm Juan Francisco Saldarriaga. I am a researcher at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia University.
I work at the intersection of data, GIS, visualization, journalism, architecture, urbanism, and the humanities, and I teach graduate level workshops and seminars on mapping, advanced GIS and data visualization. In the past I've worked as a research scholar at the Center for Spatial Research and the Spatial Information Design Lab, as an architectural designer for Carlos Zapata Studio and D.G.T. Architects, and as the GIS project coordinator for the Catholic Charities. I also have a university degree certifying I'm a philosopher, but that's another story...
These are some of my projects. In time, more will be added.
Understanding how the largest technology companies collect, use, and share user information across the internet. We’ve transformed the terms of service and data policies of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google into a database powering an interactive visualization.
An interactive mapping, data visualization, and spatial analysis project that examines the Colombian conflict and tries to understand its patterns and ramifications.
Based on a survey of GSAPP's alumni, this interactive visualization provides insights into the school's professions and helps record the different paths its graduates have taken.
An interactive map of climate change showing multiple El Niño related events around the world and throughout history. This map illustrates the global reach of El Niño.
A short animation that visualizes public activity around Science City. Based on wifi access data, it charts the increasing number of people moving and working in downtown Vegas.
These minimal vignettes describe the activity around each station in the Bay Area Bike Share system and beautifully illustrate the diversity of the system.
A visual exploration of New York City's Citibike usage patterns, specially centered on its rebalancing issues.
A series of video animations based on taxi activity in New York City. Through them we can see the pulse of the city and the imbalances between origins and destinations.