visiting researcher at Piim (Parsons Institute for Information Mapping)

During the following months (from August 2012 to February 2013) I have the honour to be hosted as a visiting researcher at the Parsons Institute for information Mapping in New York.

Piim is a well known research center of Parsons New School for Design, PIIM’s mission is to advance the field of Knowledge Visualization, increasing decision maker and analyst cognition of complex data sets via efficient experiences and visualizations.
During my collaboration with Piim we will explore the relationships between health and urban geography:

Is it possible to determine urban quality and well-being indicators of specific areas relying on User Generated Content?
How to investigate users’ perception about an area? How these perception varies among different groups of people (residents, temporary users, tourists, local, migrants, …)?
How to validate the insights we gather with actual people through on-field experiments?
How to investigate such open questions integrating them with former categories and findings from “conventional” geographical studies?

This is a first set of open questions that will explored through specific projects and experiments.

As a researcher in design, my main contribution will be on making sense out of information coming from different fields:
How to inquire the data? Which are the most suitable ones for specific purposes? How to cross different sources of information? How to build meaningful and reliable indicators? How to reveal and communicate the patterns we find? How to properly design and implement dedicated visual interactive interfaces?
Moreover, how to connect interests and opinions from different professionals to produce new knowledge? 

If anyone is interested in the topic or just want to take a coffee in New York :-), please write me

About giorgia lupi

1981 I am an architect that never built any house (luckily). I work with information, designing, researching and drawing a lot. I am co-founder ad design director at Accurat ( I am a PhD student at Milan Politecnico (

One comment

  1. Hello Georgia. Interesting article. Check out our Blog too when you have a chance…I think there’s some synergy there.

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