Design Accountabilities Project
This project seeks to understand how design expertise and practices can become more accountable to both the local communities they serve, as well as the interconnected ecologies of work embedded within design firms themselves. We draw on work engaged with The Architecture Lobby, Tech Workers Coalition, worker-advocacy organization Turkopticon, and TRUST Coalition.
Public Platforms Project
This project asks how the platform-mediated economy can be accountable and beneficial to workers and users. With United Taxi Workers San Diego, Metropolitan Transit System, and Democracy at Work Institute, this project develops a public-private partnership to provide ADA-accessible, democratically governed taxi transport as a first-last mile solution from transit hubs. This project was recently awarded part of a $1,000,000 California Employment Training Panel SEED Grant and $300,000 from the Kauffman Foundation to study community-driven entrepreneurship.
Data Infrastructures: Extraction, Monopoly, and Place
This project examines contemporary corporate monopolies, such as Amazon, to understand how monopolistic data infrastructures differ – or repeat – the material extractivism and exploitations of large corporations from recent history, such as US Steel. What Ford did for the car, US Steel tried to do for the house, and Amazon is currently doing for machine learning. How do ecological destruction, labor displacement, and hierarchical assemblages of expertise figure in one and the other? What are the continuities and discontinuities in the modes of racial stratification, capitalist organization and worker resistance to these infrastructures? How do designers and communities variously respond to the challenging material requirements and consequences of emplacing data infrastructures?
HCI Ways of Knowing Beyond Design
Smart cities governance requires communities, governments, and technology providers to develop shared understandings of oversight, accountability, opportunities, and harms. This project organizes support for emerging smart cities governance efforts to discover new forms of HCI research and collaboration to support governance when designing systems de novo is not an option. Activities we hope to conduct at UCSD include GIS spatial analysis, public records requests, holding community forums, and convening with public officials.
UC Humanities Research Institute Multi-Campus Faculty Working Group
Developing Tools for Situated Planning: Technology-Oriented Community Engaged Learning and Critical Spatial-Decolonial Practices
Changemaker Fellowship Grant (Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió with Dr. Mor Shilon)
Nature, Space and Politics V: Border(ings), Refusals and Regenerations (2020-2021)
This year NSP continues with our thinking on the forging of alternative futures by engaging the epistemic violence of spatial abstractions (space and nature) and the formulation of feminist and decolonial strategies of thought and practice to processes of bordering. We propose to focus on political strategies of refusal and regeneration as we maintain a strong critical ecological focus and expand our shared interest in the situated attention to urban infrastructure development and place- making practices in geopolitical contexts shaped by borders (physical, symbolic and affective).
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