BCNM Students & Faculty Named GloUH Townsend Fellows

24 Sep, 2018

BCNM Students & Faculty Named GloUH Townsend Fellows

We're thrilled to see our graduate students and faculty selected as Global Urban Humanities-Townsend Fellows! The fellows are "a group of faculty and graduate students engaged in the study of contemporary and historical global cities" that will meet throughout the Spring 2019 to discuss their research projects and share their findings. Read more about the BCNM focus below:


"Algorithmic Gentrification: Assembling Place in Urban Information Systems since 1980"

Will Payne is investigating the historical development of urban information systems since the 1980s in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area from the first "crowd-sourced" restaurant guide incorporating computationally aggregated ratings, the Zagat Survey, to contemporary mobile applications that link amenity data to real estate value. His research examines how users employ these platforms to understand, record, and shape their experiences, while developers focus on commodifying location data and urban consumption spaces, in accelerating cycles of gentrification and displacement.


"Measure for the Anthropocene"

Neyran Turan is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and a partner at NEMESTUDIO. Turan's work draws on the relationship between geography and design to highlight their interaction for new aesthetic and political trajectories within architecture and urbanism. Her current work speculates on the role of architectural representation in relation to climate change and on new conceptions of the ordinary and the familiar in architecture.

More information about the rest of the fellows and their work can be found here.