Mapping Princeton

In Summer 2015, Jeffrey Gleason ’18 and Catherine Blume ’18 worked with Catherine Riihimaki (CST) to create Mapping Princeton. This multi-disciplinary project brought together computer science, geography, and graphic design to capture spatially the essence of Princeton University.

The atlas focuses on three aspects of the University: history, sustainability, and people. Princeton’s geographical growth as a campus is its spatial history; Princeton’s development as a sustainable campus is a spatial component of its environment; and Princeton’s graduates and alumni moving around the world is a spatial description of its people.

Assistance for the project came from the following groups and people: 

Facilities, especially Joe Mudry for providing us with critical data layers; the Office of Development, particularly Michael Hausser, for coordinating our efforts within the office, and Lisa Dunkley, for making a long shot happen; Gwen McNamara at the PACE Center for meeting with us on such short notice; Campus Dining, especially Smitha Haneef for helping us understand Princeton’s food sources beyond the data; Trisha Thorme and Maria Bohn at CBLI for compiling data on such short notice; Jim Wallace with the Campus 2026 Planning Team for suggesting new places to look for information; the Office of Sustainability, especially Shana Weber, Jessica Santos, and Lisa Nicolaison for providing us with such detailed information; Wangyal Shawa for being a great GIS resource during our summer in Lewis Library; and the Princeton Environmental Institute and CST for sponsoring this internship.