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Mapping Cities – Making Cities


The proliferation of new services and sensors gives rise to unprecedented volumes of data that increasingly shape our perception of the urban surroundings. Apps and maps already influence the ways we move and meet in the city. This course is devoted to the analysis of urban data and communication of urban issues. On the one hand, the aim is to engage in critical reflections about the role that data and algorithms can and already do play in the everyday experience of cities. On the other hand, the course provides a good opportunity to deepen your experience with data and visualization.

Lectures review fundamentals of information visualization, such as visual encoding, interaction techniques, and data structures. Selected readings will encourage exchanges about the latest research on urban data visualization. After a few warm-up assignments, students of interface design and urban futures will form interdisciplinary teams to pursue projects in collaboration with civil society actors at the intersection of the visualization and transformation of cities. Students will prepare brief method inputs on tools and theories that are relevant for their projects. The underlying question of the course is: How can seeing the city in new light lead to changes in individual decision-making and collective action?

Please note: The class will be taught in English. All communication during the seminars as well as literature and auxiliary materials will be in English.

Scheine (10 ECTS):

  • BA Design: Entwurf/Fachvertiefung

  • MA Design: Labor-/Entwurfsstrategien

  • MA Urbane Zukunft: Fachliche Vertiefung



21FVId-AM Advanced Media

21EId-F Interfacedesign als Designforschung

Design Master

31LE-S Spezialisierung


#Mobility + Urbanism


Wintersemester 2020 / 2021


Dienstag, 14:30 – 19:00