The Spatial Information Design Lab, lead by Laura Kurgan, was founded in 2004 as an interdisciplinary research unit in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.
Spatial Information Design refers to a set of analytic and creative strategies for investigating and representing all sorts of data –quantitative, visual, and textual –about the spaces of the contemporary world. We work with information at multiple scales, from the cell and the building to the city and the globe. We are as interested in concrete and tangible geographic phenomena as we are in digital and ephemeral data traces. We see our task as converting information that is otherwise dormant, invisible, or simply incomprehensible into images and arguments that provide grounds for research, discovery, and action.
We are committed to rigorous and reliable work with evidence; to harnessing the most powerful techniques of design and visualization; and to a critical reflection on the limits and ideologies of both data and its representation.