Data Mapping New York's Hidden Slums

From Fast Company, the work of SITU Research who have data mapped the geographic spread of illegally subdivided, high-density dwellings across New York City based on complaints to the Department of Buildings. Their findings indicate that there may be as many as 200,000 illegally converted dwellings in the city, including subdivided apartments, basements, attics, and industrial spaces.

“Many of the residents of these illegal spaces are immigrants, often undocumented, and the informal nature of this particular housing market makes it difficult for tenants to claim basic housing rights that exist in other parts of the city. SITU Studio worked with local groups to gain access to some of these apartments, photographing and virtually reconstructing some of these hidden pockets of hyper-density”.