Over the past few decades, an emerging suite of miniaturized, networked, and pervasive digital technologies has woven itself into our urban environment. These technologies are creating a digital ‘nervous system’ in our cities with which we interact on a daily basis. The MIT Senseable City Lab explores this emerging condition and investigates the opportunity for embedded technologies to transform the analysis, design, and ultimately the quality of urban space. Illustrating this, Newsha will present Underworlds: a cyber-physical platform in which sewage is mined to reveal in real-time biochemical data for monitoring urban health patterns, shaping more inclusive public health strategies, and pushing the boundaries of urban epidemiology.
Newsha Ghaeli is a Research Fellow at MIT where she is Project Lead on Underworlds at the Senseable City Laboratory. Her work involves the creative application of sensor-based technologies in urban systems to promote resilient cities. An architect by training, Newsha has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Energy, the United Nations Climate Change Summit, the American Samoan government, and as an innovation and strategy consultant for the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE). Newsha holds degrees from the University of Waterloo and McGill University in Canada. In 2013 she was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Henry Adams Award, and recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioner.