In April 2011, the League presented Beneath and Beyond Big Data, a symposium–co-organized by Omar Khan, Trebor Scholz, and Mark Shepard–to celebrate the publication of the final issue in the Situated Technologies Pamphlets Series. The half-day event addressed current issues surrounding situated technologies and the increasing entanglement of data, technology, and the built environment, and identified future trajectories for their evolution.
The afternoon began with a conversation between pamphlet authors Helen Nissenbaum and Kazys Varnelis, moderated by Trebor Scholz, addressing the redefinition of privacy in the age of big data and the networked, geo-spatial environment, and questioning the implications for the construction of contemporary subjectivity. Usman Haque, Natalie Jeremijenko, Laura Kurgan, and Mark Shepard then presented a series of case studies on open data and the process of making data public, focusing on distributed sensing initiatives and contrasting them with centralized programs managed by government agencies. Finally, Philip Beesley, David Benjamin, Laura Forlano, and Omar Khan identified the challenges of developing data literacy among the next generation of architects, addressing these issues through an expanded architectural curriculum for the 21st century.
Videos of the presentations and panel discussions are below.
Published: October 29, 2012
In the second installment of interviews with this year’s Emerging Voices, accompanied by videos from the lecture series, David Benjamin of The Living and Joyce Hwang of Ants of the Prairie discuss their work.
Announcing the five teams selected to participate in a design study, held in partnership with the Center for an Urban Future, that seeks to articulate new architectural, financial, and programmatic possibilities for New York’s branch libraries.
On the occasion of the announcement of the 2014 recipient of the Norden Fund grant, we highlight two travel reports in our ongoing series featuring grantee’s projects through their essays, photographs, and sketches.
In the first installment of videos from the symposium, Jeremy Leggett addresses the systemic risk that climate change poses to energy markets, and Kate Gordon discusses current shifts in the energy policy landscape.