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Education Session - Panel Format

MON-A07 - Sensing the City: Resolution, Tech, and Application of Site-specific Data

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: 126-AB


Data is transforming how we think about, use, and ultimately design our urban landscapes. In this panel, hear from practitioners actively designing with data. Learn how to use both analog and digital tools and methods to measure and track environmental and social phenomena in the urban environment.

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Rebecca S. Popowsky, LEED AP, SITES AP

Research Associate

Since joining the studio in 2009, Rebecca Popowsky has contributed to a wide-range of design, planning, and construction projects at OLIN. Her portfolio includes Canal Park in Washington, DC, Dilworth Park in Philadelphia, and the Army Corps of Engineers collaboration to restore the FEMA floodplain on Potomac Park Levee on the National Mall. Currently, Rebecca leads OLIN’s external research initiatives, including work with academic and scientific institutions and allied professionals. She teaches design studios, field ecology and representation courses at PennDesign, where she earned dual master’s degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture.


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Stephanie Carlisle


Stephanie Carlisle is a Principal and Environmental Researcher at KieranTimberlake. She investigates topics related to the interaction between the constructed and natural environment, including urban ecology, green infrastructure, and climate change. Combining a background in environmental science and architectural design, Stephanie serves as a bridge between research and practice, bringing data-driven analysis to complex architectural problems. Stephanie is also a lecturer of Urban Ecology at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design and is the co-editor-in-chief of Scenario Journal, an online publication devoted to showcasing and facilitating interdisciplinary conversations between landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, and ecology.


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Kate W. DeSantis

Project Manager

Kate has worked as a designer on projects ranging in scale from urban master planning to furniture. Her experience teaching design and conducting biological research have heavily influenced her approach designing for the built environment at the human scale. She is constantly evaluating the relationship between spaces and the life that happens within them. Her diverse background, including a Masters in Architecture from University of Pennsylvania, has her working with research, design, and strategy at Gehl. She is curious about the art of storytelling and the messiness of life in cities.


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Nina Chase, ASLA

Merritt Chase

Nina Chase is the co-founder and Principal of Merritt Chase, a Pittsburgh-based landscape architecture and urban design firm dedicated to planning and designing meaningful outdoor places. The firm works locally and has been recognized nationally for their public space designs, placemaking initiatives, and research. Formerly of Sasaki in Boston and the non-profit Riverlife in Pittsburgh, Nina is an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture and sits on the board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.


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MON-A07 - Sensing the City: Resolution, Tech, and Application of Site-specific Data

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