Jean Lauer’s Sweet Idea

Jean Lauer’s Sweet Idea

Not sure what to get the real estate junkies on your holiday gift list? Turn them on to Sweeten Renovation Maps, a newly-launched project from Jean Lauer (LF ’12). Lauer conceived the project in a class she took during her Loeb year: Real-Time Cities: an Introduction to Urban Cybernetics.

Sweeten’s interactive maps show every renovation project filed with the N.Y.C. Department of Buildings between 2003 and the present. Each dot on a map represents one building and displays a full record of all renovations done in the past decade, including owner, description of work and estimated cost, with links to the original DOB digital filing. It shows patterns of gentrification and is easy to cross reference with upticks and downturns in the economy. It’s a valuable asset for Sweeten, a digital matchmaker for architects, contractors and clients.

Lauer maintains strong ties to the GSD as chairperson of the African American Student Union, working with the student co-presidents during the summer and school year to hone the group’s mission and advise on execution.

See the Sweeten maps.

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