Laura Kurgan

Laura Kurgan is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where she directs the Center for Spatial Research and the Visual Studies curriculum. She is the author ofClose Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics (Zone Books, 2013). Her work explores the ethics and politics of digital mapping and its technologies; the art, science and visualization of big and small data; and design environments for public engagement with maps and data. From 2004 - 2015, she founded and directed the Spatial Information Design Lab at GSAPP. The SIDL "Million Dollar Blocks" project is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and her work has also been shown at Palais De Tokyo and the Fondation Cartier in Paris, MACBa in Barcelona and the ZKM in Karlsruhe. In 2009, Kurgan was awarded a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship. 

Grga Basic

Grga Basic is an architect and Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Spatial Research. His research interests include critical and narrative cartography, and metrics of human impacts on Earth’s ecosystems. Prior to joining CSR, Grga was a researcher at Harvard’s Urban Theory Lab where his work investigated land use and land cover allotments of the extreme territories, and urbanization processes of the Arctic – with a particular focus on the offshore resource extraction.

Grga holds a Master in Design Studies degree with a concentration in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Grga’s at the GSD explored the temporal and spatial dimensions of spent nuclear fuel containment. He also holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, having previously studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb. His award-winning master thesis on the dynamics of ecological footprints was exhibited at the 5th International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam in 2012. 

Dare Brawley

Dare Brawley is Assistant Director at the Center for Spatial Research. Her research interests include open data and public policy, digital pedagogy, and the politics of mapping. Prior to joining CSR, she worked as Research Analyst for Energy and Environment Programs at Regional Plan Association (RPA). While at RPA she led research efforts in resilience and scenario planning for “The Fourth Regional Plan,” a set of analyses, projections, and policy recommendations about the future dynamics of the Greater NYC urban system. She holds a BA in Architecture from Barnard College, and is a degree candidate in the Master of Science in Urban Planning program at GSAPP. Her work has been exhibited and published by the Venice Architectural Biennale, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, The Architectural League, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and in Interboro Partner’s The Arsenal of Inclusion and Exclusion.

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