I grew up in a small Caribbean town in Costa Rica, amongst
exuberant greenery, with the smell of sea salt within my reach,
between torrential rains and tropical sun. A place where reality,
fiction, imagination, fable, dream, and myth coexist -an evocative
surrounding that slowly brews and concocts the fumes of magical
realism. A place tainted by "sub-development" and that emanates
"100 Years of Solitude" -this place no longer is but its memory has
shaped my life's intent.
And though my convictions are embodied through the memories of
this fixed place in the mind they also overlap with the fleeting
recollections of a nomadic life since early childhood. A wandering
life depicted through an array of landscapes that have instilled a
strong sense of socio-economic and environmental justice in me -a
form of justice that to this day frames my work and has set the
path on which I now embark at UID.
I hope we can share our insights and address issues that could
improve our future together and create radical alternatives for
What I do at UID
I am a member of DCODE, a European network and PhD Program that
collaborates with various associated and academic partners -of
which UID is part. We will be collectively rethinking the role of
design in response to the digitalization of society.
As a member of DCODE, my research topic is framed within the Democratic Data Governance Challenge, I will
look into design mechanisms that might enable public deliberation
on data use.
Talk to me about
Right to the city
Participatory design processes
Intersectionality in data