Civic Nature Civic Nature
Rochester

Civic Nature stands for urban habitats and inhabitants, along with a sense of responsibility for collective well-being. We find inspiration in thinking of the earth as one city, which thrives via mutual support across borders.

As a design practice, we prepare visual content for publication on screen and in print. We specialize in renderings, maps, and diagrams of all kinds, turning the roughest material into clear illustrations. We also have experience with research, analysis, writing, editing, and translation.

My name is Peter Sigrist, and I work with my partner, Irina Sigrist, to coordinate Civic Nature’s activity. We draw upon training in geography and multimedia design, seasoned through public service. A few examples are posted below.

More examples of our work can be found at Polis International, a site we’re developing to help people share information about understanding and improving communities from local to global scales.

Contact us anytime with questions or other thoughts you’d like to discuss.

Map: Population of Moscow DistrictsMap: Population of Moscow Districts
Population map for each administrative district in Moscow.1
1. Original data from “Otsenka chislennosti postoyannogo naseleniya Moskvy na 1 yanvarya 2017 goda,” Mosgorstat, published April 20, 2017, http://moscow.gks.ru/wps/wcm/connect/rosstat_ts/moscow/ru/statistics/population/.
Diagram: Governing the Commons Around Urban HomesDiagram: Governing the Commons Around Urban Homes
Diagram for a study of commons around residential buildings.2
2. From Peter Sigrist, “Governing the Commons Around Urban Homes” (PhD diss., Cornell University, 2015), 14.
Diagram: Reasons for Contacting Property ManagementDiagram: Reasons for Contacting Property Management
The most common reasons for contacting property management in a City of Moscow resident survey.3 The term “participants” refers to those who self-identified as actively involved in the management of their apartment building and its premises.
3. Original data from “Rezul’taty i vyvody sotsiologicheskogo issledovaniya: ‘Mneniye moskvichey o kachestve vneshnego blagoustroystva i ozeleneniya gorodskikh territoriy, 2010,’” DZhKKhBGM, accessed August 15, 2013, http://dgkh.mos.ru/directions-of-activity/oprsy-residents/rivbl2010.doc.
Rendering: Courtyard Housing DesignRendering: Courtyard Housing Design
Floor plan, cross section, and axonometric projection of a residential design by Daniel Lenz.4
4. Reproduced from Günter Pfeifer and Per Brauneck, Courtyard Houses: A Housing Topology (Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2008), 52–53.
Diagram: Passengers on the Tvärbanan LineDiagram: Passengers on the Tvärbanan Line
Redesigned graph from a study of the Hammarby Sjöstad residential development in Stockholm.5 The data points were recorded inside the tram once a year on an average winter day.
5. From Nicole Foletta, “Hammarby Sjöstad,” in Europe’s Vibrant New Low Car(bon) Communities, ed. Nicole Foletta and Simon Field (New York: Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, 2011), 33.
References
  1. Original data from “Otsenka chislennosti postoyannogo naseleniya Moskvy na 1 yanvarya 2017 goda,” Mosgorstat, published April 20, 2017, http://moscow.gks.ru/wps/wcm/connect/rosstat_ts/moscow/ru/statistics/population/.
  2. From Peter Sigrist, “Governing the Commons Around Urban Homes” (PhD diss., Cornell University, 2015), 14.
  3. Original data from “Rezul’taty i vyvody sotsiologicheskogo issledovaniya: ‘Mneniye moskvichey o kachestve vneshnego blagoustroystva i ozeleneniya gorodskikh territoriy, 2010,’” DZhKKhBGM, accessed August 15, 2013, http://dgkh.mos.ru/directions-of-activity/oprsy-residents/rivbl2010.doc.
  4. Reproduced from Günter Pfeifer and Per Brauneck, Courtyard Houses: A Housing Topology (Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2008), 52–53.
  5. From Nicole Foletta, “Hammarby Sjöstad,” in Europe’s Vibrant New Low Car(bon) Communities, ed. Nicole Foletta and Simon Field (New York: Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, 2011), 33.