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Community-centered Urban Sensing (CCUS)

Collaborators:Mona El Khafif, Andrew Mondschein, Eric Field
Design Research 
2018-now
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This urban sensing project works with city neighborhoods to collect light data to address the lack of information in the city’s database. Designers rely on citizen science and hacking culture to build DIY sensing devices to generate localized “small data” in a big data world. This project embraces the plurality in knowledge production by empowering people with technologies to produce data and challenges mainstream conceptualization of smart urban technology development revolving around optimization and control.


Related Publications

Zhang, Zihao
, Andrew Mondschein, and Mona El Khafif. 2018. “Human-Tool Assemblage: Designers in the Big Data World.” JoDLA Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture 2–2017 (May): 397–405. https://doi.org/doi:10.14627/537642042.

Mondschein, Andrew, Zihao Zhang, and Mona El Khafif. 2019. “Community-Centered Urban Sensing: Smart Engaged Planning and Design in a Dysfunctional Urban Context.” International Journal of E-Planning Research 8 (4): 1–16. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJEPR.2019100101.

Mona El Khafif, Andrew Mondschein, and Zihao Zhang 2018. “Mapping the Nocturnal City: Community-centered urban sensing Charlottesville, VA” 3rd City Street Conference Proceeding, 73-85.



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