Hotel Record is a multimedia collaborative project with Fred Schmalz examining the way the dynamic life and character of cities may be written on and through hotels. Why hotels? Hotels are uniquely situated: they are a commercial gateway to the city, a physical and psychological crossroads of public and private space, and a temporal threshold between transience and residence. If hotels can be viewed as representing the churn of cities, they also act as a stage on which daily realities and paradoxes of urban life collide. Along with the enduring archetypes of hotels (e.g., grand hotels and SROs), we are interested in how new models like short-term condominium developments and Airbnb are changing the way we think about hotels’ place in the fabric of the city. Text and graphics are key to the project; treating hotels and their textual histories as tabula rasa to write, rewrite, alter, and invent the city.