About

The project’s first year is devoted to DATA Dialogues. UVASMART ENVIRONMENTS invites all interested community members, students, and faculty to join evening discussions focused on data—its policies and its design. While ‘the digital’ is often described as a revolution for architecture, urbanism, and the social realm, this year’s DATA Dialogues will focus on both its successes and its failures specifically regarding a lack of legible embedded assumptions or clear data ethics. Ultimately, DATA Dialogues will focus the next stage of the project—Data Projects and a Data Exchange symposium—helping to hone focus topics, sites and data of interest, and target outcomes. We invite presenters to raise critical provocations related to the social equity and urban spatial implications of data informatics, citing specific examples in the built environment when possible. We will then invite participants and observers to reflect on speaker provocations. While data access helps us collect more information, many questions remain, such as:

  • a) are we harnessing the right data to improve the design and quality of life in our communities?
  • b) who sets data policies and based on what feedback?
  • c) how do we promote stewardship toward a sustainable future?

Data is neither “bad” nor “good”; the difference is in its application.

Data Dialogues

DATA Dialogues will take place in different formats to engage the community and to find answers to the questions raised. Formats range from guest lectures with a follow-up discussion, Pecha Kucha-style presentations and breakout groups, hands-on workshops, and a summarizing panel at the end of the first year, which will close the dialogues with a set of provocations and new findings.


Spring 2018


1) Civic Hacking, Community Mapping, and Crowdsourcing: MapBox Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 25 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Campbell Hall Exhibit B (CAM 220B)

Andrea Hansen Phillips
Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture
School of Architecture, UVa

2) Smart City Between Top-down and Bottom-up: Presentation and Discussion

Thursday, Feb. 8 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Campbell Hall Exhibit B (CAM 220B)

Speakers
Andrew Mondschein
Assistant Professor, Urban and Environmental Planning
School of Architecture, UVa
Mona El Khafif
Associate Professor, Architecture
School of Architecture, UVa
Respondents
Barbara Brown Wilson
Assistant Professo, Urban and Environmental Planning
School of Architecture, UVa
Joshua Yates
Director, Thriving Cities Project
Research Assistant Professor of Sociology
Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, UVa

3) Responsive Technologies for Designers: Arduino Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 22 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Campbell Hall Exhibit B (CAM 220B)

Zihao Zhang
Ph.D. student in the Constructed Environment
School of Architecture, UVa

4) Smart Creative Machines

Thursday, Mar. 1 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Campbell Hall Exhibit B (CAM 220B)

Melissa Goldman
Fabrication Facilities Manager
School of Architecture, UVa
Bradley Cantrell
Professor and Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture
School of Architecture, UVa

5) Mapping User-generated Flickr/Instagram Data: Workshop

Thursday, Mar. 15 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Room: 302A

Alexander Dunkel
Department of Geosciences, Cartographic Communication
Technische Universität Dresden

6) Designing Virtual Environments and Gaming

Thursday, Mar. 22 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Campbell Hall Exhibit B (CAM 220B)

Worthy Martin
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Acting Director, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
University of Virginia
Michael Beaman
Assistant Professor in Architecture
School of Architecture, UVa
Leigh Miller
Ph.D. Candidate in the Constructed Environment
School of Architecture, UVa

7) Artistic Engagements With Data

Thursday, Apr. 5 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Campbell Hall Exhibit B (CAM 220B)

Mona Kasra
Assistant Professor of Digital Media Design
Department of Drama, UVa
Eli Stine
composer, programmer, and media designer
Ph.D. Candidate in Composition and Computer Technologies
Department of Music, UVa

8) Critical Provocation on Smart Environments

TBD

Room: TBD


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