Etienne Turpin & Frank Sedlar | Hacking the Urban Interface - Interventive Research for Climate Adaptation in Southeast Asian Megacities
Whether the point of departure is public health, infrastructural engineering, or urban design, meaningful applied research for climate adaptation in complex urban systems now hinges on the critical connections among big data, social media, and crowdsourcing. While big data has been a recurrent buzzword for academic researchers, the integration of complex data
sets for predictive analytics requires more than mere volume. Similarly, the explosive growth in social media usage and ubiquitous computing, which has given researchers access to an unprecedented volume of data, continues to demand better tools for nontrivial analyses. Meanwhile, although crowdsourcing methods for data collection have met with some success
in megacities of the South, the full potential for integrated feedback networks to enable civic co-management practices remains to be more fully explored.
PetaJakarta.org is a pilot study developed by the SMART Infrastructure Facility, the Jakarta Emergency Management Agency, and Twitter Inc. that is proving why an integrated approach to big data, social media, and civic participation is essential for megacity climate adaptation. Through strategic community organizing, institutional ethnography, and novel approaches to social media platforms, big data gathering, and designed engagement, PetaJakarta.org has developed new tools, techniques, and methods to democratize processes of climate adaptation by meaningfully engaging the concerns and capacities of urban residents in Southeast Asia. The lecture will present research from the PetaJakarta.org project to suggest how big data analytics, crowdsourcing through social media networks, and grassroots citizen cartography can be coordinated with open source tools to facilitate effective and equitable climate adaptation.
Sponsoring Department: CEE
Etienne Turpin is a philosopher studying, curating, designing and writing about complex urban systems, political economies of data and infrastructure, visual culture and aesthetic practices, and Southeast Asian colonial-scientific history. He is a former Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and a former Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, both at the University of Michigan.
At the University of Wollongong, Etienne is Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the SMART Infrastructure Facility, Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences, and Associate Research Fellow with the Australian Center for Cultural Environmental Research, Faculty of Social Sciences. In Jakarta, Etienne is Director of anexact office, a design research practice committed to multidisciplinary and interventive urbanism, artistic and curatorial experimentation, and applied philosophical inquiry; and, Co-Principal Investigator of PetaJakarta.org, a research program studying the social consequences of infrastructure transformation as a result of rapid development and climate change.
Frank Sedlar is a civil engineer studying the convergence of the world’s urban population with the effects of climate change, particularly flooding, in megacities around the world. Specifically his work focuses on building the tools necessary to understand both the technical and societal responses of these complex urban systems. These instruments include developing camera systems to track garbage in flood canals , designing and prototyping emergency flood shelters and using drones to map informal, flood prone settlements. He has presented this research internationally through invited talks and gallery exhibits to audiences ranging from the urban poor in the slums of Jakarta to the World Bank. Frank is a recently named Fulbright Fellow to Indonesia where he will work with PetaJakarta.org and the DKI Jakarta government to coordinate an Urban Drone Research Program. Frank is a current Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and a soon to be graduate of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, both at the University of Michigan.