Lecture: Monitoring Air Pollution in the Urban Context: Opportunities and Challenges for Planners and Designers

June 20, 2018


Central to the reduction and management of urban air pollution is the availability of reliable emissions information. Whether this information comes from models based on calculations from data or directly from measurements from on-site sensors, there are few high-accuracy, high-resolution pollution emissions inventories for cities. Furthermore, there are still many challenges for resolving pollution emissions at the appropriate spatial and temporal scales to make informed and actionable planning and design decisions, particularly at the neighborhood and street level. Geographer and interaction designer Joey Lee will examine the current methods of modelling and measuring urban air pollution, their associated advantages and disadvantages, and the considerations for evaluating the impact of changes to the form and function of cities through various design interventions. An adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Intertelecommunications Program, Lee’s work is research based and involves data, multidisciplinary collaborations, visualization, and experimentation and critical engagement with new technologies and media. Previously at the moovel lab, Mozilla Science Lab, the University of British Columbia, and the MIT Senseable City Lab, his work has focused on experimental methods for mapping and monitoring urban environments and urban climate research, more broadly.

Instructor: Joey Lee, Interaction Designer and Geographer/New Media Researcher, Adjunct Faculty, New York University (NYU)

Joey Lee is a practicing interaction designer and new media researcher based in Brooklyn, New York. He is also an adjunct at NYU's Intertelecommunications Program (ITP). Joey is formally trained as a researcher in Geography (B.A., M.Sc), specifically in experimental methods for mapping and monitoring urban environments. His research interests have led him to develop projects that critically explore the implications of new and emerging technologies and services, particularly those that are driven by and produce data about people and places. As part of his practice, Joey builds prototypes often taking the form of interactive web applications, visualizations, and physical computing objects. The outcome of Joey's work aims to enhance digital literacy. Joey's goal is to help people and organizations to better express and articulate the ambivalence of technology and how to be considerate in addressing the socio-cultural, environmental, and technical (ab)uses of our computational present/future. Most recently, Joey has spent a lot of time working on: humanizing personal data, building public awareness for autonomous vehicle technologies, making contributions to the latest edition of Generative Design, and developing of a font based on features found in aerial images. Joey was previously based at the moovel Lab (DE), the Mozilla Science Lab (US), the University of British Columbia (CAN), and the MIT Senseable City Lab (US, SGP). Joey's work has been featured in the media such as WIRED, Creative Applications, The LA Times and awarded and exhibited internationally at galleries and festivals such as the Japanese Media Arts Festival (2014), IEEE VIS, the United States Library of Congress, KiKK Festival, and the NODE Forum for Digital Arts.