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Columbia GSAPP works with the School’s extensive alumni network throughout China and East Asia to organize events, discussions, and exhibitions hosted at the Columbia Global Center Beijing or in collaboration with local universities and institutions such as the Shenzhen/Hong Kong Biennale for Urbanism, Design Shanghai, or Seoul Biennial. GSAPP is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and experimental thinking about the future of cities by featuring the work and research of its faculty, students, and alumni and engaging regional experts and academic partners.
Pop-Up Studio-X Baitasi Workshop begins on September 20, 2016

How can we effectively mobilize traceable data technologies to expand the horizons of bottom-up social development? How can data actually be leveraged in practice to foster greater social and economic inclusivity and new systems of transparency? With an eye on these pivotal questions, Pop-Up Studio-X Baitasi explores the emerging field of data for good during Beijing Design Week 2016 through a multidisciplinary workshop with experts from the social sciences, data science and urbanism.

During this 10-day workshop, GSAPP alumnus Tat Lam, along with anthropologist Victoria Nguyen and SANS (三思), will curate a series of exhibitions, workshops, and discussions to explore strategies of data empowerment. By investigating data literacy, culturally sensitive technologies, and human-centric data infrastructure in Beijing’s hutong districts, the workshop aims to develop prototypes and processes in the service of empowering grassroots communities in Beijing and beyond.

Stefan Al - Two Perspectives on the Urban Village
Jonathan Bach and Stefan Al present and discuss their research on Shenzhen’s urban villages, migration, and the state of housing in the contemporary Chinese city.