Call for abstracts | Projections ,”Measuring the City: The Power of Urban Metrics” | The Peer-reviewed Journal of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

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Projections, the biennial peer-reviewed Journal of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, is now accepting abstracts for Projections 16, "Measuring the City: The Power of Urban Metrics", to be published Fall 2022. Projections 16's doctoral editors are MIT PhD candidates Chaewon Ahn, Carmelo Ignaccolo and Arianna Salazar Miranda.

The purpose of this volume is to initiate a discussion on the interplay between the epistemology of urban data, data-driven measurements, and the politics of designing urban places. In particular, this volume aims to: 1) critically evaluate the nature of the urban data that is ceaselessly generated; 2) investigate how the understanding of city life is being fundamentally reshaped through data-driven models and measurements; and 3) demonstrate how these models interface with real-world politics of urban design in cities. The issue explores the three sequential stages of collecting, measuring, and implementing urban data under the title "Measuring the city: the power of urban metrics." We encourage contributions from across the fields of urban planning, design, and urban science and Science, Technology, and Society (STS).

500 word Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2021 (optional submission of a spatial data-visualization image available in the submission form)Full paper submission: August 15, 2021

For more information about the call and the submission process, please visit the Projections 16 Website .

If you do not have an abstract to share with us, Projections is still interested in receiving your best data visualization work! This will be reviewed by the editorial team and displayed on an online exhibition hosted by MIT DUSP. By submitting your data visualization piece, you will be automatically considered for the "Projections Best Visualization" award. More instructions on our website Projections 16 Website, under the "Call for data vizualization" tab.

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