Data Across Scales: Reshaping Design

swissnex Boston will present “Data Canvas: Sense Your City” at this interdisciplinary Harvard GSD conference.

Event Details


Piper Auditorium | Harvard GSD
48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 United States


April 17, 2015 from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)



This interdisciplinary Harvard GSD conference will bring together design researchers and practitioners from around the world. It inquires into the role of data in design and how it is steering its practice across all scales. swissnex Boston will present its ongoing global community data gathering effort, “DataCanvas: Sense Your City.” Register for the conference here. Speakers will include Edith K. Ackermann and Mario Carpo, among many other respected names in the field.

DATE: Thursday, April 16, 2015
TIME: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
VENUE: Harvard Graduate School of Design, Loeb Library

DATE: Friday, April 17, 2015
TIME: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
VENUE: Harvard Graduate School of Design, Piper Auditorium

Both events are free and open to the public; register here.


From the Data Across Scales website:

“With the rapid increase of information technologies in our personal and professional lives, we produce, share, collect, archive, use and misuse, consciously or unconsciously an immense amount of data. This burst of data production and collection has already had a profound impact on the way we organise ourselves as a community. It drastically changes the way in which we conceive, materialize and experience designs and the physical world. These on-going transformations have permeated all layers of social debates including issues of openness, transparency and civil participation.

The conference will comprise four panels, “Data-driven design”, “Programming the physical world”, “Urban design and big data” and “Open data and civic media”, and a poster session that aim to reveal and discuss how the accessibility and processing of ‘data’ is shifting the design practices.”