Computational Ethnography and Spatial Narratives of Urban Space

Boston Architectural College, Boston MA
Adjunt Professor, Spring 2016 [Co-taught with Cagri H Zaman]

This studio explores data-driven tools for analyzing urban settings and building descriptive narratives that inform design processes. During the workshop, we will use a series of digital data collection tools for constructing rich descriptions based on location based media and onsite ethnographic observations. Through a series of critical discussions, the class will introduce the concepts of urban perception, spatial data and cartography. Supported with computational design tools, students will be guided to translate their findings into architectural expressions, gradually building their design proposals for the designated areas. Class will combine data driven methods and sensory ethnography in a computational framework, through which students will learn interactive map making, data interpretation and computational design tools.