The Networked Public Space project (https://www.networkedpublicspace.org/) is an interdisciplinary project that addresses issues of environmental justice through environmental sensing integrated with public space design and community engagement. Research includes collection and analysis of environmental data, public space design, and community engagement practices.
Networked Public Space (https://www.networkedpublicspace.org/) is an interdisciplinary project including designers, urban planners, and data and computer scientists that develops tools and methods for addressing environmental justice in communities. The project focuses on creating responsive, engaging public space design that makes environmental conditions "visible" to community members, empowering them to change behaviors and advocate for action. In the "backend" of the project, open-source, low-cost sensing, networking, and analysis technologies enable on site and online design to be real-time and responsive to local conditions and community interests.
Working on Networked Public Space, a USOAR researcher would support the team in the development of the physical and online design of the project, including responsive architectures and online community engagement materials. In addition, the USOAR position would support collaboration and events with our community partners.
This project will enable you to develop a range of skills. Coming into the project, some it would be helpful for the student to have an interest in (or prior experience with) any of the following:
- Graphic design software, such as Abobe Creative Suite or similar
- Website design
- 3D printing
None of these skills are required but could be helpful in the project.
- Design of community engagement materials and environmental sensing instructables
- Design of sensing networks in public space
- Community engagement on issues of environmental justice
- Fabrication of sensor responsive architectural elements