Networked Urbanism

design thinking initiatives for a better urban life

Design critics: Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo, principals of Ecosistema Urbano

Understanding waste as an inseparable part of the lifecycle of materials and the ‘metabolism’ of cities, and approach it consequently. How is waste understood and managed? Can we make this process more ‘visible’ for the general public? Can waste be understood as a resource?

Below are initial attempts to create a mobile application to solve the logistical problems associated with digitizing maps and tickets, and beginning to design a visitor-to-visitor commenting platform.

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Below is the presentation given during our two-day midterm review on October 22 and 23, 2013.

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I have a map!…but it can still use a bit more tweaking. Almost there.

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I sent the website out to organizations and local residents to receive feedback on the function and look of the website.

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The website is progressing. I’m having some frustrations with the map and trying to find a program that will perform all the functions and features I would like to have. These slides also include my initial thoughts on my presentation outline.

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Starting to locate collection bins and centers and inputting them into a spreadsheet for upload into a mapping program. Gathering locations by speaking to local organizations, web searches, and walking around town. I’m considering a few applications for mapping: Mapbox, ArcGIS online, Mapquest, and CartoDB.

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Started to put together the basic framework for the website. Still needs a lot of work.

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The final decision was to make a webpage mapping collection bins and centers. Above is my midterm review presentation.



Tuesday was game day. We took our idea to the ArchitectureBoston Expo first and to a working group at MIT thereafter. The feedback we received was more than helpful and certainly encouraging. We are excited to announce that the City of Philadelphia might be interested to pilot the project once we have a workable product.

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This week is dedicated to collecting data to test our hypothesis (overlaying objective and subjective locational data might yield surprising and insightful junctures that can prompt targeted interventions and learning). For this, we are using Gund Hall, the main building of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as laboratory.

Follow this link for the online part of the survey:

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