Everybody Knows This Isn’t Nowhere: Designing for Non-Places

By justincranshaw3 months ago - permalink

Tags: civic tech nonplaceproject transit human mobility urban mobility

This summer at FUSE, we’ve been thinking about the “non-places” that people spend much of their lives at every day. While this term might be new to you, the concept is surely familiar. Maybe you’re even reading this post from a non-place right now. Non-places are the transient waypoints we pass through on the way to where we are going. When we’re stuck in traffic on the highway on our way home from work, or waiting at the terminal for our flight to depart, or riding the subway surrounded by the same familiar strangers each morning, we’re at non-places. We visit non-places often, but they are never our destinations. 

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Internship season starts! Welcoming Justin Cranshaw, urban computing researcher

By andresmh4 months ago - permalink

Tags: internships civic media urbanism civic tech research

One of my favorite things about MSR is that we get to collaborate with talented PhD students from around the world who come to intern with us during the summer. For me, it’s also a great opportunity to explore and learn about new research areas. This summer, we have five talented grad students joining us. Justin Cranshaw is the first of them.

Justin is a Computer Science PhD student at Carnegie Mellon studying urban computing. In his research, he’s seeks to better understand and better engage with urban processes through new forms of ubiquitous and social computation. You might know one of his previous projects: Livehoods, a system to understand urban dynamics using social media data from Foursquare. Livehoods received a best paper award at ICWSM 2012.

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This summer, we will be investigating ways of helping individuals and communities track their own mobility patterns. We are calling this the Quantified Mobility Project for now.

We are particularly interested in public transit, and ways of reducing environmental impact, supporting healthier lifestyles, and finding opportunities for sharing excess resources (à la UberX).

Look for follow up blog posts as we document our progress!