The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)--the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society--has invited SITU partner Brad Samuels to deliver the keynote address at their annual Human Rights Day breakfast in Washington, DC. The keynote, titled UNDISCIPLINED: Reflections at the Intersection of Design, Technology and Human Rights, will focus on SITU Research's Spatial Practice as Evidence and Advocacy (SPEA) initiative and reflect on the opportunities and challenges of applying design thinking and tools in the context of human rights advocacy.
To learn more about the event, click here.
SITU Research went to Austin, TX to join designers, advocates, policymakers, and innovators from all over the world at SXSWEco. The team presented its work applying spatial visualization tools to human rights issues and was runner-up in the festival's Place by Design competition.
Explore the amazing sessions and attendees at SXSWEco here.
Working in coordination with Amnesty International, SITU Research released an interactive, digital platform revealing the use of chemical warfare on civilians in Jebel Marra, one of the most remote regions of Darfur. Using satellite imagery and more than 200 in depth interviews, Amnesty's investigation indicates that at least 30 chemical attacks have taken place within the region from January to September of 2016. In collaboration, SITU synthesized geo-spatial information, satellite imagery, witness testimony, and photographs into a single interface to provide a spatial and temporal account of the devastating attacks.
Access the interactive platform here.
Read Amnesty International's full report here.
SITU Research designed an interactive digital platform that facilitates the organization, analysis, and presentation of evidence within a case tried by the International Criminal Court. The platform was designed specifically for the Al Mahdi case, and integrates spatial and visual technologies to exhibit the destruction of sites of cultural heritage in Timbuktu, Mali. Combining geospatial information, historic satellite imagery, photographs, open source videos and other forms of site documentation, the tool has been used as part of trial proceedings against the defendant, Mr Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, an alleged member of the armed group Ansar Dine, who is charged with participating in the intentional destruction of nine mausoleums and a mosque’s door in 2012. This is the first time such a tool is used at the International Criminal Court and presents a visual and spatial evidentiary model in, inter alia, cases where sites of heritage have been damaged or destroyed.
Read our press release here.
SITU Studio has been selected to participate in Storefront for Art and Architecture's exhibition Sharing Models: Manhattanisms. Sharing Models: Manhattanisms proposes 30 visions for the city by 30 international architects. Taking the form of 30 models, each a section of Manhattan, they establish analytical, conceptual, and physical frameworks for inhabiting and constructing urban space. Together, the 30 sections present a visionary composite model of the island of Manhattan, one of the most dense and iconic urban areas in the world.
July 14th Exhibition Opening: 7-9pm, 97 Kenmare St, New York, NY [RSVP]
July 15th-September 2nd, 2016
SITU Partner Brad Samuels will be participating in the Queens Museum's panel, Roundtable on Visualizing Warm Data. Roundtable on Visualizing Warm Data is curated by Eyebeam and is part of a series of programs associated with Nonstop Metropolis, a publication launching at the Queens Museum in November 2016, and a mural commissioned by artist Mariam Ghani, The Garden of Forked Tongues, currently on display at the Queens Museum through July 2016. The discusssion will explore how artists are using techniques originally developed for quantitative anaylsis to research and evoke more slippery, sensorial, affective and/or political effective qualities. Joining Brad in conversation is artist Miriam Ghani, Josh Begley of The Intercept and Dronstream, and Nancy Nowacek of Citizen Bridge.
The roundtable will take place on July 10, 2016 from 2-4pm at the Queens Museum.
For more information on the event, click here.
Today, SITU Research and The Nation, America's leading weekly magazine of progressive politics and culture, launched Where the Bodies Are Buried, an interactive online platform that presents detailed evidence of crimes allegedly committed by the US military in Afghanistan.
Working at the intersection of journalism and design, Where the Bodies Are Buried provides a spatial and temporal exploration of journalist Matthieu Aikins' 2013 investigation into the deaths of ten Afghan civilians in the area surrounding a US Special Forces base. The platform synthesizes data from satellite imagery, testimony photographs, and videos to create a coherent and accessible narrative that offers an unprecedented level of public access to military activity in a remote and often overlooked part of the world.
To visit the platform, Where the Bodies Are Bodies, click here.
To read The Nation's article on the platform, click here.
SITU Partner Brad Samuels was asked to participate in a panel discussion as part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) CIS Starr Forum on April 14th, 2016 from 4:30-6pm. Starr Forum: Human Rights & Technology is part of a series sponsored by the Starr Foundation of New York that seeks to bring in academics, policymakers, and journalists to discuss pressing issures on the world of international relations and US foreign policy. Brad will be joined by Jay Aronson, the Director of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon University, Chris McNaboe, the Manager of the Syria Mapping Project at the Carter Center, and Sucharita Varanasi, the MediCapt Project Manager & Senior Program Officer on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones at Physicians for Human Rights.
Information about the event can be found here.
SITU is pleased to announce that partner Brad Samuels will present "The Expanded Role: SITU" at the Canadian Center for Architecture on January 14, 2016. Through a series of case studies, the presentation will explore an expanded role for architectural and spatial practice across a range of fields—from human rights and public policy to earth science and workspace design.
This event takes place in conjunction with the exhibition, The Other Architect.
For more information on this event click here.