DIAtalks is glad to present our next lecture organized by CO_EDs / Computational Design Dessau on June 5, 2013 at 6:30pm in room 006 Building 8, featuring two lecturers, Jordan Geiger (Magnitudes) and Till Nagel (Unfolding The City). Please join us for this great event!
As so much research now attests, McLuhan’s observation of a Global Village always confronts forms of digital divides: regions and social strata around the world that unevenly gain digital literacy, access to
tools and to networks, and more. What of the many forces that newly coalesce in such a dynamic, beyond the reach of a single government or economic purview? Transnational corporate law, global climate events, and satellite networks are some of the forces that today yield things like GPS-driven “precision agriculture;” mobile centers for high-speed trading; and even new developments for medical tourism. Each of these are spatial and administrative organizations of an altogether new order of magnitude. They occupy extreme shifts in spatial scales, from the handheld device to satellite networks that surround the entire planet, placing architecture and landscape in between.
Today, we have a new opportunity and need for new methodologies, as we witness the emergence of these new orders of magnitude found in the architecture and technological development of Very Large Organizations (VLOs). VLOs are a phenomenon of our day, as the built environments of work, public assembly, agriculture, incarceration, trade, travel, education, even death join global financial and communications networks. The planning and infrastructure for these command logistics, capital and an order of population magnitude to accommodate volatile shifts with spatial and computational stability. Adaptability is at the crux of dealing with diverse users or publics and unprecedented technical, cultural, social and ecological challenges; and it is where control can give way to engagement and participation.
VLOs and their new orders of magnitude represent novel areas where architects can - and must - invest themselves: They touch all aspects of public life, civic engagement, social justice and ecological concerns, because they tie together complex legal, environmental and spatial developments that supersede regional or even national regulation. For many reasons, work on VLOs is uniquely suited to the generalist professional skills of architects, even as they demand the assistance of numerous other fields of knowledge like organization theory (Sociology), game theory (Economics) and diverse areas of computer science.
Jordan Geiger is an architect and educator whose work crosses architecture and interaction design, considering implications of human computer interaction for social and environmental issues. Geiger lectures, exhibits and publishes internationally on theoretical research and on his projects, ranging in scale and type from installation and gallery design to urban design and agricultural land use proposals. At the University at Buffalo, he is Assistant Professor at the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST).
His previous California-based practice, Ga-Ga, was published and and exhibited internationally. Prior to that, Geiger worked in the architectural offices of Michael Sorkin Studio and Dominique Perrault.
In addition to his current post in Buffalo, Geiger has taught architecture, urban design and advanced interdisciplinary studios and seminars at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, at UC Berkeley, and at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.
Unfolding the City.
In recent years more and more data about the city is digitally collected. This data from sources such as mobile phones, sensors, and location-based services can be visualized to reflect urban activity.
Geovisualization stimulates the visual analysis of spatial patterns, relations, and trends, and enables to explore and understand location-based information. Interactive visualizations allow casual users and experts alike making sense of this data, getting new views on the city, and understanding their environment.
Till Nagel will talk about urban data visualizations, showcase multiple projects to demonstrate approaches in this area, and discuss some of the future directions.
Till Nagel is a research associate at the FHP Interaction Design Lab, and a research affiliate with the MIT Senseable City Lab. His research interests are in geo visualization, urban data, and tangible interfaces. Since 2006 he is a lecturer, and taught courses at Berlin Technical University of Arts, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, and IUAV University of Venice. Currently, he is conducting his PhD at the Human Computer Interaction group in the Computer Science department at KU Leuven.