Wage Island expands New York City’s “tale of two cities” by revealing the geographies of access throughout the city based on housing costs and wages. The project is a three-dimensional map of the city where elevations are based on median monthly housing costs from $271 to $4001. At the peaks an hourly wage of $8.75 is needed for housing costs of $271 and at the base an hourly wage of $77 is needed for housing costs of $4001. The map is submerged in water creating islands which show where someone has access to housing based on wages. Housing costs and wages are used to show access to the city. Wages can be increased via the push of a button showing the islands growing into New York City as we know it. This project hopes to expand the relationships between housing and accessibility and wage and affordability in New York City.
Ekene Ijeoma is a designer and programmer. His work explores the artistic and humanistic properties of data and algorithms through media, objects, installations. He is currently a designer-in-residence at Orbital. For more information about the projects of Ekene Ijeoma, please visit his Vimeo page.