As the Project Co-Manager and Lead Designer of PetaBencana.id (Disaster Map Indonesia), Nashin Mahtani leads a multidisciplinary design research team in developing real-time visualizations of disaster events to support practices of mutual aid for climate adaptation, and creates data visualization strategies and new representational forms to explain humanitarian information and communication technologies and systems. Powered by CogniCity Open Source Software, PetaBencana.id gathers, sorts, and visualizes situational updates of disasters using crowd-sourced reporting & government agency validations in real-time. Nashin is also the Research Director of anexact office in Jakarta, Indonesia, where she leads the office’s exhibition-led inquiry The Architecture of the Brain. With a background in architecture, her research and design work investigates the relational complexities of urban infrastructural systems, political economies of computation, mutual aid for climate adaptation, visual and spatial cultures, and neuroscience.
Keywords: Architecture, Open Source, Open Data, Climate Change, Disaster Response, Disaster Resilience, Humanitarian Aid