Big Data

Research exhibition + Artist Talk 28 November

Extremely large data sets are not only difficult to capture, store, and analyse. Big data are also hard to visualise and communicate.

The exhibition Big Data attempts to show big data in a manner that makes sense to an audience. The exhibition is a collective display that features the exhibitions One Hundred Years by PhD student Elizabeth Donovan and Index Room by PhD student Angela Gigliotti.

When: 10 – 28 November 2017, daily 09.00 – 15.00
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, the canteen, Nørreport 18, 8000 Aarhus C

Both exhibitions have previously been featured at Milan Design Week.

Artist Talk

The exhibition closes with a finissage and artist talk 28 November at 17.00 in the canteen.

Angela Gigliotti will introduce Index Room, a physical archive of who and what was behind the Danish architectural production that blossomed in the “Golden Age of the Welfare State (1945-75).

Elizabeth Donovan will discuss the process of collecting, organising, digitalising, distilling and representing one hundred years of history in sustainable architecture. She will focus on how these methods have impacted her research and how engagement changes when this information is presented visually.


Photo credit: Luca Tenaglia.



Photo credit: Luca Tenaglia.

The big data

Elizabeth Donovan’s PhD project Theories of Sustainable Architecture as well as Angela Gigliotti’s PhD project Behind the Scenes of the Contemporary Modes of Architectural Production are both research projects that involves an overwhelming amount of data, that are digitally analysed to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially in relation to human behaviour and interactions.

The Big Data exhibition consists of the following:

Big data in One Hundred Years

  • 100 years of history (1910-2010)
  • 43 books
  • 1207 pages of history
  • 7 meters of timeline
  • 870 post-it notes
  • 37 world disasters
  • 47 world events
  • 156 publications
  • 40 theories or movements
  • 250 built examples
  • 305 influencers
  • 20.25 m2 plexiglass
  • 500 meters of nylon
  • 500 ml ink
  • 135 m routing
Big data in Index Room

  • 31 years of Arkitekten (1945-75)
  • 11 years with monthly and weekly issues
  • 19 years with bi-monthly issues
  • 41 volumes in total
  • 2 hours of scanning each magazine
  • 11 scanning days of 7,5 working hours per day
  • 82 hours of scanning in total
  • 8,25 GB in 707 items
  • 37 articles on “Architecture and Labour”
  • 31 index charts
  • 3809 excel rows
  • 10 excel columns
  • 4616 index cards
  • 66 m2 of 230 g/m2
  • 15,2 kg of paper