A talk by Laura Kurgan, Associate Professor at GSAPP, Columbia University
Laura Kurgan is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning at Columbia University. She also serves as Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab and the Director of Visual Studies.
Professor Kurgan’s work explores problems ranging from digital location technologies and the ethics and politics of mapping to new structures of participation in design and the visualization of urban and global data. Her recent research includes a multi-year project on "million-dollar blocks" that uses geospatial tools to aggregate criminal justice and socioeconomic data in areas with high incarceration rates in order to better inform social spending allocations. Her work has been exhibited widely including at Fondation Cartier in Paris Venice Architecture Biennale, the Whitney Altria, MACBa Barcelona, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, and the Museum of Modern Art. She has published widely, both in the popular media as well as in more academic settings.