In this talk Carl DiSalvo will present the Designs for Foraging project: an ongoing design research project that explores how the technologies and practices of precision agriculture might be appropriated to support urban foraging. More than just a technical investigation, the project probes the role of data in practices of communing and how design might participate in informal systems of care, and functions as a site for rethinking the role of academic design research.
Carl DiSalvo is an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with appointments in the School of Interactive Computing and the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. At Georgia Tech he directs the Public Design Workshop: a research studio that explores the design and use of civic media. DiSalvo’s scholarship brings together theories and methods from design, the social sciences, and the humanities to study the social and political qualities and uses of computational technologies, and to prototype experimental systems and services. Much of his current researched is focused on smart cities, civic media, and emerging practices of community data science.
DiSalvo publishes regularly in design, science and technology studies, and human-computer interaction journals and conference proceedings. His first book, "Adversarial Design," is part of the Design Thinking, Design Theory series at MIT Press. He is also a co-editor of the MIT Press journal Design Issues. His experimental design work has been exhibited and supported by the ZKM (Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, Germany), Grey Area Foundation for the Arts (San Francisco), Times Square Arts Alliance, Science Gallery Dublin, and the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis).