DataMyne is an open-source online platform to connect, visualize and integrate the academic community of Parsons The New School for Design. Bringing together faculty, students and administrators, Datamyne visualizes dynamic relationships between academic offerings and ongoing research allowing a new understandingof the life within the University. User profiles ...>>READ MORE

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OUTHISTORY is a collaboration with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York, building an Interactive Narrative History Map of the LGBT Past. The project is being developed as a participatory narrative history generation and visualization platform on the web and via mobile media applications.
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UrbanBIKE is a curricular and research initiative centered around the urban bicycle movement. Currently, we are building a framework for this large and broad research area, working with database search and mining tools to survey the existing body of data. The project explores the myriad design possibilities of the Urban Bicycle experience and are investigating how the integration of sensors and ...>>READ MORE

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URT is a multi-interface, location-based tool that enables exploration and creation of the layers of urban history, exposing and mapping rich, multifarious histories of spaces that are rapidly changing. Developed to maximize the benefit of having two primary interfaces - web and mobile - information can be gathered, cross-reference and annotated amongst a wide community of citizens and ... >>READ MORE

Global Exchange Laboratory develops studios, courses and projects that facilitate transdisciplinary collaborations that enact participatory forms of urban design activism. By combining approaches from anthropology, architecture and media studies/design, we practice hybrid research and design methodologies that address the complex environmental, political, infrastructural, and socio-cultural...>>READ MORE

MEH/ELF is a collaboration with Joel Murphy, Victoria Marshall, and Elizabeth Barry, that investigates the possibilities of designing and developing circuits and robots (ELFs) that harvest energy/power from the environment (e.g., solar power, thermal energy, wind energy, salinity gradients, and kinetic energy), while capturing, collecting, and ...>>READ MORE

DataMyne is an open-source online platform to connect, visualize and integrate the academic community of Parsons The New School for Design. Bringing together faculty, students and administrators, Datamyne visualizes dynamic relationships between academic offerings and ongoing research allowing a new understandingof the life within the University. User profiles provide robust options for individuals members to share information publicly, internally or privately, including a photo gallery, title and contact information, office hours, areas of expertise, tags of interest, teaching history, portfolio links, research/creative projects, syllabi, streaming lectures and student work. Search options provide detailed results of data attributes, as well as filtered browsing, and random content generation to provide a range of methods in which to discover connections.
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URT is a multi-interface, location-based tool that enables exploration and creation of the layers of urban history, exposing and mapping rich, multifarious histories of spaces that are rapidly changing. Developed to maximize the benefit of having two primary interfaces - web and mobile - information can be gathered, cross-reference and annotated amongst a wide community of citizens and researchers. The mobile interface can be used for urban wandering and as a way to discover what is invisible to the eye and gain an appreciation or create the context of how that place is socially, culturally, and historically significant. The web interface allows users to also to contribute audio, video, text and photographic documentation to the database. Modeled on a system of living, active layers of information, this project can build a truly a composite view of the cultural, socio-economic, ecological, and historical currents that drive the post-industrialcity. URT seeks to empower localized communities by delivering an open source mapping system as well as a forum for dialog and education, locally and internationally.
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UrbanBIKE is a curricular and research initiative centered around the urban bicycle movement. Currently, we are building a framework for this large and broad research area, working with database search and mining tools to survey the existing body of data. The project explores the myriad design possibilities of the Urban Bicycle experience and are investigating how the integration of sensors and other communication technologies can impact urban mobility. We are in the process of designing bicycles that act as an “interface” to the city – one that allows a deeper engagement while connecting into a larger, ubiquitous network and capturing data from the bike to create visualizations/sonifications/narratives, mapping the urban experience, transportation flows, climate conditions, and personal biometrics. urbanBIke has received a Parsons-AMT Faculty Research Fund grant for the Spring 2010 semester.
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Global Exchange Laboratory develops studios, courses and projects that facilitate transdisciplinary collaborations that enact participatory forms of urban design activism. By combining approaches from anthropology, architecture and media studies/design, we practice hybrid research and design methodologies that address the complex environmental, political, infrastructural, and socio-cultural challenges facing global cities. Operating on transdisciplinary platforms of field work, design, and digital media, we create new physical and virtual tactics for immediate design interventions and activism. Our courses, collaborations and projects posit new pedagogies and produce tools to help democratize processes of design, research and speculation about complex urban ecologies. GEL is a collaboration with Brian McGrath and Vyjayanthi Rao.
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MEH/ELF is a collaboration with Joel Murphy, Victoria Marshall, and Elizabeth Barry, that investigates the possibilities of designing and developing circuits and robots (ELFs) that harvest energy/power from the environment (e.g., solar power, thermal energy, wind energy, salinity gradients, and kinetic energy), while capturing, collecting, and communicating information which can be applied back to the behavior of the ELFs themselves - raising awareness about our behavior, altering our spaces, visualizing unseen phenomena.
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