The 2013 maps are the first iterations of the Hedonic Map of Austin, a map of the collective emotional highs and lows of people living in and visiting our city. Artist Jennifer Chenoweth and Geographer David O’Donnell collaborated to create it using ArcScene and 60 responses.
Through an interactive question and answer series, hundreds of participants answered a 20-question survey about their life experiences and where they occurred.
The locations were captured in a GIS mapping system and coded to an emotional color chart. A positive experience is lifted on the map, and a negative experience is lowered.
What is the peak? Barton Springs at Zilker Park. It is multi-colored, as it was the repeated answer to several “up” emotion questions, such as “where do you go to reconnect with nature?” and “where do you feel alive and excited?”