At this webinar, Farès el-Dahdah, a Baker Institute Rice faculty scholar and the director of the university’s Humanities Research Center, discussed work undertaken at the Center for Research Computing’s Spatial Studies Lab. This included the development of queryable platforms that illustrate the evolution of cities, like Rio de Janeiro; sites, like Tripoli’s fairgrounds; or events, like the spread of Covid-19 in Texas. These platforms combine vector, raster and other forms of data at the intersection of time and space in order to create web experiences and insights. Street views, aerial images, historical maps, ground floor plans and crisis-related data (from floods or pandemics) are integrated across a number of databases and servers, including public repositories of images, geographic information systems, open-source relational databases and content delivery web systems. By exploiting a vast assortment of information technologies, we can explore, critique, and experience visual stories drawn from everyday life and our global condition.
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1:00 p.m. — Presentation
1:30 p.m. — Q&A
Farès el-Dahdah is a Rice faculty scholar as well as director of the university’s Humanities Research Center and a professor in the School of Humanities. His current research interests focus on the development of online geospatial platforms that describe cities over time, i.e., as they existed and as they have come to be imagined. El-Dahdah's activities at Rice extend across campus in his capacity as chair of the Information Technology Council and as a member of its Data Sciences Initiative's Programming and Search Committee. He also serves on the advisory panels of Rice's Digital Education Committee and its Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences. El-Dahdah was previously a professor at Rice’s School of Architecture. He was also the Cisneros Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, a visiting fellow at the Canadian Center for Architecture, and a recipient of the Arthur W. Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship. He is the author of “Lucio Costa, Arquiteto,” has written extensively on Brazil's modern architecture, and is a board member of Casa de Lucio Costa and Fundação Oscar Niemeyer, two Brazilian cultural foundations. He received his undergraduate degrees in fine arts and in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and pursued graduate studies in urbanism and architectural theory at Harvard University.
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