University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Humanities Informatics Lab Final Showcase: Smart Environments

September 25, 2020

The UVA SMART ENVIRONMENTS project challenges the social equity and urban spatial implications of data informatics. Funded under the Humanities Informatics Lab, our group of scholars contribute an architectural, ecological, and urban policy perspective to this 3-year project at UVA that aims at a critical, and often-neglected humanities dialogue within information studies and data science. Faculty Directors Mona El Khafif and Jeana Ripple, and executive director Zihao Zhang (PhD in the Constructed Environment candidate) will lead a panel discussion on DATA projects developed by a team of faculty researchers at the UVA School of Architecture. The panel will be followed by a keynote lecture by Dietmar Offenhuber, Associate Professor at Northeastern University (Depts. of Art + Design and Public Policy).


Data Projects Panel, 4:00pm - 5:30pm: 

Ali Fard: "Grounding.Cloud"

Mona El Khafif, Andrew Mondschein: "Ostenda illuminata"

Jeana Ripple, Andrea Phillips Hansen: "Material Epidemics: Health, Segregation, and the Built Environment"

Brad Cantrell, Robin Dripps, Lucia Phinney, Emma Mendel: "Algorithmic Cultivation"

Guoping Huang: "The Geosocial Image of the City"

Jose Ibarra and Katie McDonald, Assistant Professors of Architecture, Moderators

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Keynote Lecture by Dietmar Offenhuber, 5:45pm - 7:00pm:

Dietmar Offenhuber is an Associate Professor at Northeastern University in the departments of Art + Design and Public Policy, where he leads the graduate program in Information Design and Visualization. He worked as a key researcher at the Austrian Ludwig Boltzmann Institute and the Arts Electronica Futurelab and taught in the Interface Culture program of the Art University Linz, Austria. He is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard Metalab and a fellow at the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities. Dietmar’s current research focuses on environmental information and evidence construction, their material/sensory aspects and social implications. He is the author of the award-winning monograph, Waste is Information – Infrastructure Legibility and Governance (MIT Press). In his artistic practice, he is part of the collaborative, stadtmusik, and his work has been exhibited extensively worldwide. Dietmar holds a PhD in urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Media Arts and sciences from MIT Media Lab, and a Dipl. Ing. in Architecture from the Technical University of Vienna.

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