Dietmar Offenhuber

Dietmar Offenhuber, Princeton Mellon Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism & the Environment 

Dietmar Offenhuber came to Princeton in the Spring semester, in which he taught ARC 524, "Making Legible: Environmental Sensing and the Politics of Measurement," a seminar providing a framework for the production, use, and critique of environmental data. He is the co-organizer, with Anu Ramiswami, of the Fall 2020 Mellon Forum on the Urban Environment, exploring the post-pandemic city. 

Dietmar Offenhuber’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between design, technology, and governance. His research project, "Sensory Accountability – Materializing Pollution in New Jersey’s Industrial Centers," investigates the material aspects of environmental data collection and their role in visual evidence construction. Exploring what he terms “sensory accountability,” Offenhuber studies the practices used to visualize the impacts of phenomena such as environmental pollution and climate change. Building on his award-winning book Waste is Information – Infrastructure Legibility and Governance (MIT Press, 2017), this project will critically revisit the concept of urban legibility in the contemporary city, and expand it to environmental, justice, and governance issues. 

Offenhuber holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from MIT, a M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, and a Dipl. Ing. in Architecture from the Technical University Vienna. During his fellowship at Princeton he will be on leave as Associate Professor at Northeastern University in the departments of Art + Design and Public Policy. 

This fellowship is made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Metropolis Project of the School of Engineering & Applied Science.