updates: Spring 2016

As the semester draws to a close and with any changes on the horizon, the updates are numerous.

My time at Barnard deserves more attention and reflection than what can be given here, and so suffice it to say that these past three years have been enormously instrumental in my development. Alas, all good things must come to an end: at the close of this academic year, I will be saying good bye to the Barnard + Columbia Colleges Architecture Department. (News on Next Steps forthcoming).


The Cher project team completed its first research trip to Copenhagen as we develop our intervention as part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: After Belonging. Having met a number of Copenhageners—from urban planners to interaction designers, housing specialists to community advocates—we have returned to New York armed with their insights to guide us further in the design and development of the Cher app.

We'll be returning in June to host workshops and focus groups as the next step in our community-based design process. The Triennale opens in Norway in September. Follow the project with regular updates on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram


Rikers Studio
In March and April, I cotaught and completed a first-run (pilot) of the Rikers Studio in Architecture and Urban Design with Columbia's Center for Justice, as part of their ongoing Rikers Education Program. The studio brought together students from Columbia and Rikers to explore personal and collective agency in place-making, ask questions regarding both the effects of where we live and our own effects in return, and develop skills in collaboration and model-making.


Talking about Datascapes
I was delighted last month to join (and meet) an incredible group of educators and thinkers at the London School of Economics to discuss multilingualism and pluralism in cities at Reading the City 2, a follow-up event to last year's hosted by Columbia's Language Resource Center and launch of The Multilingual City: Vitality, Conflict, and Change.

I presented the work produced and questions asked in my trilogy of seminars, Datascapes and the Informal City (2013-2015) in a talk on "Alternative & Pluralistic Mappings of the City." Next month, I'll be reflecting once again on the educational and pedagogical techniques used in the three classes at Barnard's Teaching through Technology: Faculty Reflections event.


Lastly, I was recently lucky to join in on final reviews at Georgia Tech's College of Architecture, where I saw great work and exciting thinking on topics as wide-ranging as producing spaces conducive to new, collaborative modes of working; using buildings as public, didactic tools to inform on energy consumption and ecological processes; and (of course!) the future of the public library.

While there, we took an hour or so to explore John Portman's Marriott Marquis—truly one of the most unrelenting interiors one will ever see.