Artist: Xiaowei Wang

Exchange: Mongolia

Xiaowei R. Wang is a designer working at the intersection of participatory geography and design computation. Her work applies the logic of ecology broadly, seeing spatial relationships as the foundation of socioeconomic and environmental systems, experimenting with open source technologies in developing world contexts.

Wang’s recent projects include a geospatial drone strike platform for the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism, and The Nomad, The Technologist, a design fiction centered on urban growth in Mongolia. Her project with Deren Guler, FLOAT Beijing, was an INDEX Design Award Finalist and used community do-it-yourself electronics workshops and kites to monitor air quality. Wang’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including Beijing Design Week’s Advanced Computational Research exhibition and HkW, Berlin. Wang holds a BA from Harvard College and an MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She currently calls Oakland, California her home.

The Latest from Xiaowei Wang

Just the beginning…

By the end of my trip in Ulaanbaatar, the weather changed from steady rain to an intense, dry heat. Throughout this experience, I had an amazing group of 4H volunteers along with Binderya (my superstar project assistant) surveying ger district residents for the...

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Working Away

It’s been a whirlwind these past few days in Ulaanbaatar. The micro-grant projects are underway, and some of them have been enormously successful already. Ger district of Songino-Khairkhan Ger districts are called so because they usually have a ger (traditional...

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Feed the Future!

After a week of learning new skills, brainstorming, and working together on their presentations, pitch day arrived! There were a wide range of projects, ranging from new media (video and social media narrative to create a fictional scenario and product for one...

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