9/11 Memorial:

Names Placement Algorithm


Jake Barton

Role: Algorithm design, interface development

Working with Jake Barton and Local Projects, Jer Thorp designed an algorithm and an accompanying software tool to aid in the placement of the nearly 3,000 names on the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan.


Built in Processing, these computational tools allowed the designers of the memorial to satisfy the nearly 1,500 ‘meaningful adjacency’ requests made by family members of 9/11 victims.