A talk by Jason Kelly Johnson, Future Cities Lab / CCA San Francisco
at the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice 2014
Date: Saturday 26 July at 11am at the Swiss Pavilion
Jason Kelly Johnson, founding design principal of San Francisco-based Future Cities Lab, will present his recent work and research into urban mobile robotics. His talk will focus on the Datasprayer project, a GPS-guided rover for the Lido Island in Venice and other coastal cities threatened by sea-level rise due to climate change.
Datasprayer is a GPS-guided rover that harvests digital symbols and data from maps on the internet and then sprays them back onto the physical locations they occurred or where they were mapped. The project seeks to superimpose geographically situated data, diagrams and notations back onto the physical realm. The rover works autonomously to traverse and engage the data-rich hot spots of the city and its edges to expose layered palimpsests of crime, accidents, toxicity, flooding and more.
Future Cities Lab is an experimental design studio, workshop and architectural think tank operating globally out of San Francisco, California. Since 2002, founding principals Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno have collaborated on a range of award-winning projects exploring the intersections of art and design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space. Future Cities Lab is an interdisciplinary studio employing an adventurous team of interaction designers, architects, technologists, digital craftspeople, urban ecologists and more.