Design and Aesthetics for Environmental Data

Project: Research

Project Details


We increasingly see the environment and the planet as data: data patterns, visualizations, projections, models, simulations, and other designs. In response, Design and Aesthetics for Environmental Data (DAfED) focuses on historical and current practices of such seeing and knowing. The project investigates how datafication of the planet emerges gradually since the 19th century and features prominently in various projects of natural history, scientific expeditions, and for example museum collections even before mass-scale digital culture of remote sensing, big data, and current digital tools. Questions of energy and data, geography and power become central elements in this project.

The research project asks: how critical design and theory practices help to understand the long history of environmental data in the context of current digital culture? DAfED focuses especially on the space, geography, and topology of environmental data. In other words, environmental data is read in relation to the sites of emergence, distribution, and control of data as it becomes understood as spatial, architectural, and landscape-scale dynamic. From a focus on energy islands to theorising and developing “planetary gardens” the project deals with different scales of inquiry with the aim of not only developing new insights into what is environmental data in a recursive spatially located context, but what are the critical and creative methods that help us to read this spatial context.

Funded by the Aarhus Universitets Forskningsfond (AUFF) for the period of 2022-2024.
Effective start/end date03/01/202231/12/2024


  • Environmental Humanities
  • environmental media
  • architecture
  • Design
  • digital design
  • digital aesthetics


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  • F-60

    Wong, M. E., 18 Mar 2024. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterResearch

  • Horoskop

    Translated title of the contribution: HoroscopeLukas Diestel, Maximilian Hepach, Giacomo Marinsalta, Sybille Neumeyer, Jonas Parnow, Birgit Schneider, 22 Apr 2024, In: Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft. 16, 1, p. 60-63 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journal/Conference contribution in journal/Contribution to newspaperJournal articleResearch

    Open Access
  • Living Surfaces: Images, Plants, and Environments of Media

    Parikka, J. & Gil-Fournier, A., Jun 2024, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 328 p.

    Research output: Book/anthology/dissertation/reportBookResearchpeer-review