The Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Doctor of Design Program are hosting the international interdisciplinary conference “Data Across Scales: Reshaping Design”.

Bringing together design researchers and practitioners, the conference inquires into the role of ‘data’ in design and how it is steering its practice across all scales.

With the rapid increase of information technologies in our personal and professional lives, we produce, share, collect, archive, use and misuse, consciously or unconsciously an immense amount of data. This burst of data production and collection has already had a profound impact on the way we organise ourselves as a community. It drastically changes the way in which we conceive, materialize and experience designs and the physical world. These on-going transformations have permeated all layers of social debates including issues of openness, transparency and civil participation.

The conference will comprise four panels, “Data-driven design”, “Programming the physical world”, “Urban design and big data” and “Open data and civic media”, and a poster session that aim to reveal and discuss how the accessibility and processing of ‘data’ is shifting the design practices.

The conference is taking place on April 17th, 2015 in Piper Auditorium and is free and open to the general public.
The opening reception and our poster session, hosted by the Loeb Library at Harvard GSD, is taking place on the 16th of April at 8pm.


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Conference Chairs

Özlem Altinkaya, Joëlle Bitton, Wendy W Fok, José Luis García del Castillo y Lopez, Felix Raspall (DDes program, Harvard GSD)


Harvard University Graduate School of Design
GSD Doctor of Design Program

The Doctor of Design (DDes) program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design is a leading doctoral degree program for highly creative and motivated professionals who wish to conduct rigorous, intensive design research. The three-year program is geared towards applied research that advances design related knowledge in a broad range of scales from product design to buildings and landscapes to urban design and regional planning. Common to the diverse range of DDes research investigations is the belief that design research makes essential contributions to understanding, analyzing and ultimately improving the built environment in our increasingly complex world.

GSD Loeb Library
GSD Critical Digital