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Data & Design


The spatial applications of computation and data permeate all aspects of daily life, from our homes to our cities, transforming the ways we live, work, move, and interact. Advances in information, manufacturing, and material technologies are fueling new modes of making and thinking about designed environments, both physical and virtual. While emerging technologies have increased social connectivity and introduced new forms of collectivity, they have also empowered institutional systems to implement discriminatory and extractive practices. How can the disciplines of the built environment harness these emerging technologies to design creatively, equitably, and sustainably, while also interrogating and actively confronting their pitfalls?


This webpage features a collection of resources on GSAPP’s ongoing work on Data & Design. This list will continue to be updated. If you have suggestions or comments, please contact communications@arch.columbia.edu.

Events

Listed below are selected GSAPP events presented by
the Office of the Dean since Fall 2014.
CONVERSATIONS

Building Cultures: Making in Nairobi, Lagos, Accra/Tema, and Johannesburg

September 6, 2019
What is the potential impact of maker culture on manufacturing, technology, and construction ecologies in each of these cities? Nifemi Marcus-Bello, Naeem Biviji, Thabisa Mjo, and DK Osseo-Asare, in conversation with Mpho Matsipa and introduced by Josh Jordan. Organized in collaboration with Mpho Matsipa, School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Listen to DK Osseo-Asare and Naeem Biviji in Podcast episode #74

Architecture and Artificial Intelligence

April 12, 2019
As strands of artificial intelligence increasingly touch almost all fields, how do they impact architecture and the built environment? A conversation among Julie Dorsey, Natasha Luthra, and Douwe Osinga, moderated by David Benjamin.

Data Publics and Public Data

April 4, 2019
This event features talks by Brian House, who discusses his design of a platform to collect geographic data through mobile devices, and by Jia Zhang, who presents her design of an interactive atlas that bridges large public datasets and everyday experiences of urban space. Followed by a conversation among Laura Kurgan, Shannon Mattern, Bill Rankin, and Jer Thorp. Organized by the Center for Spatial Research.

Empathy and Immersion

February 1, 2019
What architectural language has yet to be created by a new form of “projection”? A conversation among immersive director, writer, and theorist Jessica Brillhart; computer scientist Steve Feiner; designer and filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda; and author Frank Rose; moderated by Lindsey Wikstrom.

Thinking Through Making

September 14, 2018
A conversation among artists and designers on their intertwined material choices and conceptual interests. Presentations by E.V. Day, Marc Ganzglass, Sarah Oppenheimer, and Allan Wexler followed by a conversation moderated by Josh Jordan, Ada Tolla, and Giuseppe Lignano.

Viztech: Converging Pedagogies and Practices

February 16, 2018
This conference addresses how the fields of Visual Studies and Technology have merged in pedagogy and in practice at GSAPP. Catalyzed by accelerations, with constantly updated versions of digital technology, this expanded terrain has become an opportunity for GSAPP to reimagine its relationship to the built environment and to the design process. Organized by Laura Kurgan and Craig Schwitter.

Listen to Laura Kurgan in Podcast episode #24

Subject, Object: Making in NYC

January 26, 2018
Presentations on emerging approaches to design and fabrication by Arielle Assouline-Lichten, Wendy W Fok, Ryan Luke Johns, Josh Jordan, Madison Maxey, and Wes Rozen. By bringing these creative practitioners together, and in conversation with the GSAPP Fabrication Lab, the event aims to plot a local geography of innovative fabrication in New York City.

Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life

September 15, 2017
Writer and urbanist Adam Greenfield in conversation with Laura Kurgan on the relationship between humans and the networked objects, services, and spaces that define their lives, as well as the Silicon Valley consensus that is determining the shape of our future. Presented by the Center for Spatial Research.

Architectural Narratives

January 27, 2017
This discussion focuses on current modes of architectural storytelling from social media to photography and filmmaking, digital visualization to immersive experience, and VR. Presentations by Rama Allen, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, James Ewing, and Ziv Schneider, followed by a conversation moderated by Cassim Shepard.

Interface: Negotiating Convergence in Architectural Technology

October 28, 2016
This discussion explores how the overlaps among architectural technology, fabrication, and engineering redefine a multidisciplinary space for design. A conversation among John Cerone, Ben Gilmartin, and Thorsten Helbig, moderated by Craig Schwitter.

Conflict Urbanism

October 7, 2016
Eyal Weizman and Enrico Bertini participate in a roundtable with members of the Center for Spatial Research (CSR) including Laura Kurgan, Juan Francisco Saldarriaga, Grga Basic, Dare Brawley, Violet Whitney, and Michael Storm. The discussion focuses on the CSR project “Conflict Urbanism: Aleppo,” an interactive web-based map representing the intensifying violence in urban Aleppo after five years of civil war in Syria. Co-Organized by the Center for Spatial Research.

Search and Research

September 16, 2016
This event focuses on the role of research and its different methodologies in a range of creative practices. A conversation among Amale Andraos, Kadambari Baxi, Giovanna Borasi, Matthew Buckingham, Michael Meredith, and Nader Tehrani.

Processing Design: Making And Modeling

September 9, 2016
While technology proliferates and becomes ever-more democratized, the expectation of technological expertise expands and speciates into new roles for makers. A conversation among Billie Faircloth, Mariana Ibañez, and Quayola, moderated by Josh Jordan.

Entrepreneurship, Technology, and the City

October 9, 2015
How might the current wave of incubator spaces and co-working communities impact architecture and urban development? Presentations from Daniel Doctoroff and Vishaan Chakrabarti followed by a discussion about entrepreneurship, technology, and the city with Amale Andraos and David Benjamin*.

Building Cultures: Making in Nairobi, Lagos, Accra/Tema, and Johannesburg
September 6, 2019

A conversation among Nifemi Marcus-Bello, Naeem Biviji, Thabisa Mjo, and DK Osseo-Asare, Mpho Matsipa and Josh Jordan.

Learn more here.
LECTURES

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

October 7, 2019
Ginsberg discusses new work that examines connections between ecology and technology, including her projects on wilding the planet Mars and resurrecting the smell of flowers made extinct by humans. Response by David Benjamin.

Listen to Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg in Podcast episode #80

Paola Antonelli

October 3, 2019
In the lecture “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival,” Antonelli presents the potentials of restorative design in the Anthropocene and her curation of over 100 projects for the 22nd edition of the Milan Triennial. The event includes an introduction by Carol Becker and response by Amale Andraos.

Jesse LeCavalier

September 16, 2019
LeCavalier’s lecture “Landscapes of Fulfillment,” is divided into three parts: three observations about infrastructure; ten claims about logistics; and an introduction to three projects: Public Facility: Meadowlands; Architectures of Fulfillment; and Shelf Life. Response by Kate Orff.

Listen to Jesse LeCavalier in Podcast episode #75

Sheila Kennedy and J. Frano Violich

October 1, 2018
Kennedy and Violich deliver the lecture “Three Partial Paradigms,” a discussion of how their design practice KVA MATx explores the intersections of architecture, digital technology, and emerging public needs. Response by Christoph Kumpusch.

Listen to Sheila Kennedy and J. Frano Violich in Podcast episode #56

Felecia Davis

September 13, 2018
Davis, director of the Computational Textiles Lab (SOFTLAB), discusses her research on computational materials and textiles. The lecture examines how responsive textiles transform how we communicate, socialize and use space. Response by Laurie Hawkinson.

Listen to Felecia Davis in Podcast episode #52

Andrés Jaque

April 9, 2018
Jaque delivers a lecture titled “The Politics of Transmaterial Design” and discusses recent projects by the Office for Political Innovation, based in Madrid and New York. The lecture covers work that sits at the intersection of design, research, and activism. Response by Amale Andraos.

Listen to Andrés Jaque in Podcast episode #64

Philip Yuan

February 12, 2018
Yuan, founder of Archi-Union Architects, discusses his firm’s focus on digital technology and craftsmanship. The lecture features projects that employ robotic masonry fabrication systems, computational structural design and optimization programs, and experimental material applications. Response by Christoph Kumpusch.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
October 7, 2019

Learn more here.

Pedagogy

Below is a selection of recent GSAPP courses and curricular initiatives that explore the ways that computation, data, and new forms of making are reshaping how we understand and create the built environment at all scales.

Virtual Architecture: World Building and Virtual Reality Workshop

Nitzan Bartov, Spring 2020, Visual Studies

Advanced Studio III - Historic Preservation Technology Studio

Carlos Bayod Lucini, Fall 2019, Historic Preservation

User-Centered Design for Emerging Digital-Physical Environments

Agnes Chang, Spring 2020, Visual Studies

Mapping for Architecture, Urbanism, and Humanities

Emily Furhman, Spring 2020, Visual Studies

Advanced VI Studio: Factory

Mimi Hoang, Spring 2020, Architecture

Exploring Urban Data with Machine Learning

Boyeong Hong, Spring 2020, Urban Planning

Material Things

Josh Jordan, Spring 2020, Building Science & Technology

Digital Heritage Documentation

Bilge Kose, Spring 2020, Historic Preservation

Generative Design I

Danil Nagy, Spring 2020, Visual Studies

Tools for Show: Ready for Replicas

Bika Rebek, Spring 2020, Visual Studies

Points Unknown: Cartographic Narratives

Juan Saldarriaga, Michael Krisch, Spring 2020, Visual Studies

Urban Informatics

Anthony Vanky, Spring 2020, Urban Planning

Urbanisms & Algorithms I

Luc Wilson, Spring 2020, Visual Studies

Transformable Design Methods

Matthew Davis, Fall 2019, Building Science & Technology

Transitional Geometries

Josh Jordan, Fall 2019, Building Science & Technology

Hacking the Urban Experience

John Locke, Fall 2019, Visual Studies

Realtime

Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Greg Schleusner, Fall 2019, Visual Studies

Geographic Information Systems

Leah Meisterlin, Fall 2019, Urban Planning

Narrative Urbanism: Strategic Storytelling for Designers and Planners

Cassim Shepard, Fall 2019, Urban Design

Advanced Studio V: Analog at Play

Oana Stanescu, Fall 2019, Architecture

Metatool I

Dan Taeyoung, Fall 2019, Visual Studies

Advanced Spatial Analysis

Anthony Vanky, Fall 2019, Urban Planning

Datamining the City I

Violet Whitney, Fall 2019, Visual Studies

Measuring the Great Indoors

Violet Whitney and Gabrielle Brainard, Fall 2019, Building Science & Technology

Cross-Species Test Sites

Chris Woebken, Fall 2019, Building Science & Technology

Research

Recent and ongoing research initiatives at GSAPP are highlighted below.
Learn more here.
The exhibition puts the formalization of homophily in tension with its conceptual and historical origins.
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210 Cities in San Diego
Assistant Professor Leah Meisterlin
The installation features a grid of 210 vacuum-formed polystyrene panels printed using a UV digital printing process to visualize an investigation of employment statistics that include over 430,000 unique commuters.
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Never Built New York
GSAPP Making Studio
Launched in Summer 2017 at the Queens Museum, Never Built New York is a collaborative exhibition curated by authors Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin and produced in part by the GSAPP Fabrication Lab.
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Publications and Exhibitions

GSAPP Publications and Exhibitions offer platforms for developing research and creative investigations on how emerging technologies are changing the way we design, engage, and historicize the built environment. A selection of scholarship, new commissions, and curatorial projects is featured below.
A SELECTION OF ARTICLES FROM THE AVERY REVIEW


Also see the related thematic pages for GSAPP’s work on Climate and Equity.
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Homepage Image Credit: Never Built New York, Queens Museum, 2017-18