Texas Tech University

College of Architecture Assistant Professor Presents at Ninth World Urban Forum

Amanda Bowman

February 23, 2018

Kristine Stiphany presented her research in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Kristine Stiphany, an assistant professor in Texas Tech University's College of Architecture, spoke at the ninth session of the United Nations World Urban Forum on Feb. 8 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Stiphany and her collaborator Peter M. Ward, the C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in U.S.-Mexico relations and professor of public affairs and sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, presented, “Citizen-Sourced Data: Participatory Technologies for Redeveloping Informal Settlements.” This research draws from Stiphany's National Science Foundation SBE postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin (2015–17).

The purpose of the presentation was to present research about data democratization and synthesis into urban design for improving the conditions of self-built, informal settlements. Attendees had the opportunity to test ComuniDADOS v2, the data visualization tool developed through the research.

Stiphany is a Fulbright fellow, and her doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on housing, infrastructure and informality in Brazil. She is the founder of the Chapa Urban Lab in Sao Paulo, and her work completes new connections between ethnography and quantitative sociospatial analysis for architecture and urban design.

“I am interested in how architecture can be leveraged to think differently about complex problems,” Stiphany said. “Although architecture alone cannot solve the social issues underlying inequitable processes of housing and urbanization, architects have a unique opportunity, utilizing critical datasets and interdisciplinary collaborations, to address the complexity of the 21st century city.”

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