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Melanie Crean (thesis advisor)
Ethan Silverman (thesis advisor)
Kate Sicchio (thesis advisor)
Edward Jefferson (thesis advisor)
Regina Flores Mir (designer)


May 10 2016


Holobiont Urbanism is a research endeavor that sets out to study, map, and visualize the microbiome of New York City, inviting participants to reimagine the city they live in as more than a vast metropolis, but rather as a complex and adaptive biological superstructure. Quantitative and artistic methods are used to produce data visualizations that are the basis for a data art installation created by using thermal imaging to capture a live video stream of streets in New York, web-based 3D technologies to artistically render the video, and a design aesthetic crafted from a scientific framework. The project seeks to distort the participant’s perception of the known reality so as to see the city through the lens of the microbial world. Once aware of the companion species that live among us, on us, and in us, participants may begin to review what it means to be human and their relationship to their bodies and to their urban environments.




Regina Flores Mir. Holobiont Urbanism. May 10 2016. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2016. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 20 Oct 2019.

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