Situated Data: Modeling Housing Typologies in Brazilian Informal Settlements
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
At the Architecture and Planning Library , BTL 200
Kristine Stiphany uses digital technologies to draw social parameters into the design and construction of infrastructure in the urban Global South. Undertaken in collaboration with residents of Brazilian informal settlements, her current study privileges situated data for revealing how people shape housing systems in evolution, and the political implications for doing so. This research broadens architecture’s scope to assimilate various social and material elements of urban infrastructure, and addresses an emerging interest in calibrating big data to the experiences that organize space in the contemporary city. Funded by two National Science Foundation Grants and the Andrea von Braun Foundation, her work is unique for completing connections between ethnographic analysis and data studies for urban design.
Stiphany, PhD, AIA, is a practicing architect and scholar on the social and cultural dimensions of informally constructed environments. Trained in photography (The University of Michigan) and Architecture (The University of Texas at Austin), Stiphany earned her PhD from The University of Texas at Austin, where she currently holds a visiting postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Her postdoctoral work in Brazil was most recently presented at the United Nations Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador, and informs a co-authored manuscript forthcoming for a Special Issue about emerging trends in Latin American Housing for the International Journal of Housing Policy. She also applies her research through a design practice based between Austin, Texas and São Paulo. Latest works include an award-winning social housing project for the Federal District of Brasilia (with SSAU and SIAA) and Caravan, a prototype for mixed-family living arrangements in East Austin.
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