EDWINA PORTOCARRERO


I work at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and the built environment, where I expliore the relations between technology, developmental psychology, play, learning and design.

How does our physical surrounding shape our cognitive, social, intellectual, physical, perceptual, and emotional growth?

I hold an MA and a PhD from MIT’s Media Lab, and previously studied lighting design at Calarts. 


Living between analog and digital, handcrafted and mass-produced, my work explores the ways in which objects and materials mediate and augment experience across contexts and cultures, systems, and scales.
Presently I am exploring how telepresence, calm technologies, and transformable architecture can inform the design of networked public ludic spaces in cities-to-be.

"Networked Playscapes" has been granted the Bill Mitchell ++ Prize, an MIT/Conacyt Seed Fund, and has been supported by Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Museo Tamayo and Archivo Arquitectura y Diseño in Mexico City and recognized with the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize for the Visual Arts at MIT.
 

Extended Bio, Publications, CV
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Networked Playscapes: redefining the playground
PhD dissertation
Readers: Ethan Zuckermann, Neri Oxman, Edith Ackerman
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inside/out: tools for reflective, creative learning

Masters Thesis Readers: Sherry Turkle, Edith Ackerman, Mitch Resnick
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LATEST


2020


Biblioteca Vasconcelos
Mexico City
Working on a proposal to revitalize the gardens of this architectural jewel. By invitation. With Pedro Cerisola and Pablo Kobayashi.

Abierto Mexicano de Diseño
Mexico City
Designing a piece for this year´s Utopia themed festival to be installed in front of Palacio de Bellas Artes. With Pedro Cerisola, by invitation.


2019


Design for
Social Innovation
School of Visual Arts
New York City
Teaching Mapping and Visualization Design - really systems thinking.

MEM Industrial
Mexico City
Developed Urania, modular plaything. To be installed at the Central Library of Mexico City.
INC Mty
Monterrey, NL Mexico
Speaker!
Abierto Mexicano
de Diseño
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Tecno-Pop Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Mexico City
Developed Iris by invitation, with Pedro Cerisola.
Invited alongside ORU to represnt Mexico.
Experience Fighters
Madrid, Spain
Speaker!
Cocolab
Mexico City
Co-creative director for Playgrounds


2018



Studio Adrien Gardere
Paris, France
Spent a semester working at this world renowned museography studio.

Listentree is part of the festival!
Invited to participate, developed Oráculo with Rozana Montiel.