TEDxWaterloo – Sarah Williams – Mapping the Psychological City

Sarah Williams is a pioneer of using mapping and data visualization techniques to uncover hidden and often surprising facts about the contemporary city. Her work exposes social ills in desperate need of design solutions. With expertise spanning the representation of digital information, mapping, ecological design and urban planning, her research focuses on the intersection of technology and the urban realm, with a particular focus on using mobile computing to help better understand urban spaces.

As the director of Columbia University’s Spatial Information Design Lab (SIDL), Sarah connects mapping and representation techniques to highlight urban issues. Her team’s innovative work has been widely exhibited, including recent shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA) and the Venice Biennale.

Before becoming Director of SIDL, Williams was at MIT where she started the Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratory, and then helped to establish MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory. Williams was a programmer for one of the first desktop GIS systems, IDRISI. She is also faculty at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and was recently named a “2012 Game Changer” by Metropolis magazine.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

This talk is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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