WHO WE ARE + HOW WE WORK

 
 

Funded by the University of Virginia Strategic Investment Fund, NPS is a collaborative of designers, planners, engineers, social scientists, and community stakeholders. We seek to address interactions between people, places, and technologies during:

  • Process: planning and designing networked public spaces;

  • Experience: being in a networked public space;

  • Response: facilitating social, political, and technical action based on open data and analysis.

Within this framework, a critical, unresolved problem for Smart Cities is bridging data analytics with humane, creative design of public spaces - the most essential physical and social environment of our cities. Our project proposes a replicable, networkable streetscape and civic infrastructure system prototype that closes the gaps between data collection, data analysis, data representation, and the physical design of these public spaces

NPS works with resident and institutional stakeholder groups to develop processes and plans for the implementation of flexible, responsive architectures and infrastructures in local public spaces. The Ostenda illuminata prototype facilitates integration of sensors within public spaces to help local communities understand environmental conditions - air pollution, noise level, CO2 levels, motion, occupancy, light intensity. Hardware and software are responsive and multifunctional, collected data will be accessible through a public real-time web map that will feature and analyze data over space and time. As a research project of the UVA Next Cities Institute (NCI), our integrated approach targets not only the technical opportunities of sensor technologies, but also envisions and establishes the materiality and humanity of public spaces.

MONA EL KHAFIF, Associate Professor Architecture and Urban + Environmental Planning, Director of Urban Design, Co-PI NPS

ANDREW MONDSCHEIN, Associate Professor Urban + Environmental Planning, MUEP Program Director,  Co-PI NPS

COLLABORATORS

 

PROJECT TEAM

DAVIS EDDY,

NPS Project Manager 

DARCY ENGLE, 

Lecturer in Architecture, NPS Research Assistant  

MENG HUANG, Ph.D. Student, NPS Research Assistant

GABE ANDRADE,

NPS Research Assistant

UVA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

ZIHAO ZHANG, Ph.D. Candidate, Lecturer Landscape Architecture 

ERIC FIELD, Director of Information Technology, Lecturer in Architecture

MELISSA GOLDMAN, Fabrication Lab Manager

TREVOR KEMP, Fabrication Facilities Assistant Manager

UVA SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

UVA DATA SCIENCE INSTITUTE

SEAN FERGUSON, Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society

SHARON KU, Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society

LUIS FELIPE ROSADO MURILLO, Associate Researcher 

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS

LUCAS AMES, Founder and Boardchair of SmartCVille

PHILLIP SPERANZA, Associate Professor of Architecture and Interior Architecture University of Oregon

OSTENDA ILLUMINATA TEAM

CONCEPT: Mona El Khafif, Andrew Mondschein, Zihao Zhang, Eric Field, Karan Matta, Gabe Andrade

PROTOTYPE DESIGN 2020: Mona El Khafif, Davis Eddy, Darcy Engle

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Andrew Mondschein, Lucas Ames, Abigail Cox

WEB INTERFACE AND IoT: Eric Field, Luis Felipe Rosado Murillo 

FABRICATION: Mona El Khafif, Davis Eddy, Darcy Engle, Gabe Andrade, Meng Huang, Ehsan Baharlou