Visualizing Systems

Andrea L. M. Hansen
“Visualizing Systems: Reading and Representing the Human Environment”

As shown by events ranging from Hurricane Katrina and Typhoon Haiyan to the Arab spring and Occupy Wall Street, the human environment in the 21st is century is affected by a multitude of environmental, cultural and political systems of substantial complexity and scale. This lecture examines how data visualization and mapping allow designers to take an active role in helping to dynamically adapt global cities to profound—and often sudden—change, using examples from Fluxscape’s interactive visualization and mapping work with Code for America, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, the Cities of Los Angeles and Philadelphia, and the Visualizing Systems website.

About the speaker: Andrea Hansen is the principal of Fluxscape (, which focuses on data visualization, web-based mapping, and data-driven landscapes. She is also the editor of Visualizing Systems ( and was a 2014 Code for America Fellow. In addition to her practice, Andrea lectures and teaches widely, most recently at Harvard GSD, California College of the Arts, and LSU, where she was the 2013-2014 Marie M. Bickham Chair.