Mobility + Spatial Agency: Autonomy in the New Urban Interface

This Live Event happened on September 12, 2019 (6:00pm - 8:00pm EST)

Urban mobility has always been mediated by layers of technologies, services, and organizations, but today’s accelerated transitions to digital platforms heightens the urgency for critical perspectives on the practical effects of new technologies of mobility. As signs, maps, information, and transactions become platform-based the stakes on the user side of the interface are no less then personal autonomy. This program will probe below the surface of the new urban interface to examine ways that spatial agency is enabled–or not–by some of the systems and tools designed for negotiating and navigating the built environment.


Ben Green, PhD Candidate, Applied Math, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Author, The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future

Shannon Mattern, Professor of Anthropology, The New School for Social Research
Author, Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media,
Columnist,, the journal of contemporary architecture, landscape, and urbanism.

Juan Francisco Saldarriaga, Sr., Data and Design Researcher, Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Columbia University Past Research Scholar, Center for Spatial Research
Author, Access to Taxicabs for Unbanked Households: An Exploratory Analysis in New York City

Sarah Williams, Professor of Technology and Urban Planning, MIT
Director, Civic Data Design Lab, MIT School of Architecture and Planning
Team leader, Digital Matatus, the first informal transit system data set to be made searchable in Google Maps


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