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Molly Steenson

Molly Steenson
Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Website | @maximolly

Molly Wright Steenson is a design and architectural researcher who studies interactivity, responsiveness, and mobility in architecture and is pursuing a PhD in architecture at Princeton University. Molly cut her teeth on social technology in 1992 and on the web in 1994. As a design researcher, her projects have included a study with Microsoft Research India on mobile phone sharing and for another major technology client, on how social networking technologies will change people’s friendships in China and the UK. Molly was Associate Professor of Connected Communities at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy and also was a co-founder of the groundbreaking women’s webzine, Maxi, in the 1990s. She blogs at Active Social Plastic and continues to work on design strategy for mobile, web, and urban-scale projects.


City Tech, Mobile and The Web
Location: Empire Room Level: Novice
Molly Steenson (Carnegie Mellon University)
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We typically think of the mobile phone as a device belonging to and used by an individual. Yet in urban India, people share their mobile phones in unique ways, regardless of class and depending on where they are in the city. Read more.
Whether under the streets or in our old buildings, old networks serve as pathways for new. Pneumatic tubes, telegraph infrastructure and postal networks today take on new lives for urban infrastructure in the world’s major cities. This session takes on these all-but-dead technologies and shows how their infrastructure and interfaces today fuel urban networks.
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