Dietmar Offenhuber

Dietmar Offenhuber

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
617.373.3378
education Ph.D., 2013, Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
Mailing address 320 RY
360 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115
Biography

Dietmar Offenhuber is an assistant professor of art and design and public policy at Northeastern University. His research focuses on the role of visualization and representation in urban governance and civic discourse; he has recently published three books on this subject. Dietmar led a number of research projects on infrastructure legibility and waste systems. He holds degrees from the Technical University Vienna and the MIT Media Lab and is a PhD Candidate at the MIT Senseable City Lab. Previously, he was a key researcher at the Austrian Ludwig Boltzmann Institute and the ars electronica futurelab and Professor for Visualization at the Art University Linz, Austria. His artistic work has been exhibited internationally, in venues including the Sundance Film Festival, ZKM Karlsruhe, Secession Vienna, the Seoul International Media Art Biennale, and the Centre Georges Pompidou. He has won several awards including the NSF Visualization Challenge, the Paper of the Year Award from the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Jury Award at the Melbourne International Animation Festival, the Art Directors Club Silver Award and received Honorary Mentions from Ars Electronica and Transmediale Berlin.

Selected Publications
Books
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Carlo Ratti, eds. 2013. Die Stadt entschlüsseln. Basel: Bauwelt Fundamente.
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Katja Schechtner, eds. 2013. Accountability Technologies: Tools for Asking Hard Questions. Vienna: Ambra / Birkhäuser[link]
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Katja Schechtner, eds. 2012. Inscribing a Square: Urban Data as Public Space. 2012th ed. Vienna, New York: Springer. [link]
Peer-reviewed Journal Papers
Offenhuber, Dietmar, David Lee, Malima I. Wolf, Santi Phithakkitnukoon, Assaf Biderman, and Carlo Ratti. 2012. “Putting Matter in Place.” Journal of the American Planning Association 78 (2): 173–196.[pdf]
Best Paper 2012, Journal of the American Planning Association
Offenhuber, Dietmar, Malima I. Wolf, and Carlo Ratti. 2013. “Trash Track – Active Location Sensing for Evaluating E-waste Transportation.” Waste Management & Research.
Nabian, Nashid, Dietmar Offenhuber, Anthony Vanky, and Carlo Ratti. 2013. “Data Dimension: Accessing Urban Data and Making It Accessible.” Proceedings of the ICE – Urban Design and Planning 166 (1) (February 1): 60–75.
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2012. “Patterns of Choice: The Prix Ars Electronica Jury Sessions.” Leonardo45 (3): 226–232. [pdf]
Phithakkitnukoon, Santi, Malima I. Wolf, Dietmar Offenhuber, David Lee, Assaf Biderman, and Carlo Ratti. (2013). “Tracking Trash”, IEEE Pervasive Computing . New York, NY : IEEE Computer Society
Boustani, Avid, Lewis Girod, Dietmar Offenhuber, Rex Britter, Malima I. Wolf, David Lee, Stephen B. Miles, Assaf Biderman, and Carlo Ratti. 2011. “Investigation of the Waste-removal Chain Through Pervasive Computing.” IBM Journal of Research and Development 55 (1/2).[pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2010. “Visual Anecdote.” Leonardo 43 (4): 367–374. [pdf]
Vande Moere, Andrew, and Dietmar Offenhuber. 2009. “Beyond Ambient Display: A Contextual Taxonomy of Alternative Information Display.” International Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence 1 (2): 39–46. [pdf]
Book Chapters
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Carlo Ratti. 2013. “Drei Mythen über Smart Cities und Big Data.” In Big Data: das neue Versprechen der Allwissenheit (Edition Unseld). ed. Heinrich Geiselberger, Tobias Moorstedt. Berlin: Suhrkamp
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Carlo Ratti. 2012. “Reading the City — Reconsidering Kevin Lynch’s Notion of Legibility in the Digital Age.” In The Digital Turn – Design in the Era of Interactive Technologies, ed. Zane Berzina, Barbara Junge, Wim Westerveld, and Carola Zwick. Zürich: Park Books.[link][pdf]“Wie bedeutend der „Digital Turn“ auch für Architekten ist, wird spätestens deutlich, wenn Dietmar Offenhuber und Carlo Ratti vom MIT Kevin Lynches „The Image of the City“ um die digitale Komponente erweitern.”http://www.bauwelt.de
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2012. “Kuleshov’s Display: On Contextual Invisibility.” In Throughout: Art and Culture Emerging with Ubiquitous Computing, ed. Ulrik Ekman. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. [link]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2012. “On Infrastructure Legibility.” In Inscribing a Square: Urban Data as Public Space, 25–29. Vienna, New York: Springer.[pdf (reprint de/en)]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2011. „IOOO – the Internet of Obsolete Objects“. In A. Oosterman, O. Bouman, R. Koohlhaas, M. Wigley (Eds.), Volume #28, 169-171. Amsterdam: Stichting Archis. [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar, David Lee, Malima I. Wolf, Lewis Girod, Avid Boustani, Jennifer Dunham, Kristian Kloeckl, et al. 2011. “Urban Digestive Systems.” In Towards the Sentient City. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Judith Donath. 2008. “Comment Flow – Visualizing Communication Along Network Path.” In Interface Cultures: Artistic Aspects of Interaction, ed. Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau. 1st ed. Transcript. [pdf]
Harry, Drew, Dietmar Offenhuber, and Judith Donath. 2008. “The Social Roles of Virtual Architecture.” In Space Between People: How the Virtual Changes Physical Architecture, ed. Stephan Doesinger. Prestel.
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2002. „wegzeit – the geometry of relative distance“, in Yu-Tung Liu (ed.),Developing Digital Architecture FEIDAD Award 2002, Basel: Birkhäuser
Selected Honors & Awards
2013 Paper of the Year 2012, Journal of the American Planning Association
2012 Finalist for the Katerva Sustainability Innovation Award
2011 NSF International Visualization Challenge, Winner Category Non-Interactive Visualization (Trash | Track)
MIT Carroll L. Wilson Fellowship Award 2011
2010 File Prix Lux, Sao Paulo, Honorary Mention Electronic Sonority for “Dust till Dawn”
2007 Melbourne International Animation Festival 2007, Jury Award for “Paths of G”
12th International Media Art Biennale WRO 07, Special Mention for “Mauerpark”
NSF Visualization Challenge, Semifinalist Honors for “Comment Flow”
2004 Japan Foundation Fellowship, IAMAS Institute, Gifu, Japan for “Loop City”
2003 ZKM international media art award 2003, Nomination for “besenbahn”
Art Directors Club Silver Award 2003
for contribution to “imagining the city” exhibition at URBIS Museum, Manchester
Transmediale Award, Honorable mention in the category image for “besenbahn”
Finalist FEIDAD Award for Digital Architecture in two categories, Taiwan for “wegzeit”
2001 Joseph Binder Award / Adolf Loos Award for Design (for “Unit M” with G. Stocker and J. Smetschka)
2000 1st Prize of Weiland Alias|Wavefront 3d competition
1999 Honorable Mention Prix Ars Electronica, Computeranimation for “bike”