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Leading Causes of Death dataset

Juan Francisco Saldarriaga and Steven Sanchez

How do we die in New York City?


Each year around 50,000 people die in the city. Most of them from heart disease or cancer, others from diabetes or murder. But the causes of death remain varied and changing, and affect different populations differently. They are also growing or declining through time, and our methods for collecting, classifying and reporting death are changing as well.

We propose to make sense of this varied terrain through a dynamic and ethereal sculpture. With a topographic installation we will represent the leading causes of death in New York City, and their evolution from 2007 to 2014. Cycling through different configurations, the sculpture will morph and transform to display how these same causes of death act the different ethnic groups as well as the different genders. Ultimately, our installation will allow the spectator to understand the topography of death in New York.

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Juan Francisco Saldarriaga

Juan is a researcher at the Center for Spatial Research at Columbia University and an adjunct assistant professor of urban planning and architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Juan does research at the intersection of data, GIS, urbanism, architecture and the humanities.

M.ARCH - Columbia University
MSUP - Columbia University
BA Philosphy - Universidad de los Andes



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Steven Sanchez

Steven is a lead project designer at Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects in San Fran- cisco CA. He oversees projects through design and construction ; recenetly completing the OZ House and The Drexel University Center For Jewish Life, which won an AIA honor award.

M.ARCH - Columbia University
B.A Architecture - UC Berkeley