• McLean Ballroom (map)
  • 112 South Michigan Avenue
  • Chicago, IL, 60603
  • United States

The Array of Things is an urban data-sensing project, a network of interactive, modular sensor boxes that will be installed around Chicago to collect real-time data on the city’s environment, infrastructure, and activity for research and public use. This spring, the first wave of sensor nodes in the city’s block-by-block “fitness tracker” will go live.

Join Illinois Humanities to discuss how this groundbreaking “smart cities” initiative will impact life in Chicago and reflect on the relationship between information technology, the urban environment, and the public good.

Alongside the discussion, we’ll also release the second issue of a chapbook set accompanying the Data, Democracy and the Human Story program series, featuring contributions from Chicago-area artists and writers.

Douglas Pancoast is Associate Professor of Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Along with Satya Mark Basu, he designed the custom enclosures for the sensor nodes of the Array of Things.

This program is presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and is supported in part by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.