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Kristian Kloeckl

Associate Professor in the Department of Art + Design and the School of Architecture

College of Sciences and Humanities, College of Arts, Media and Design

Prior to coming to Northeastern, Kristian was a research scientist and the Real Time City Group Lead at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Senseable City Lab as part of which he established the lab’s research unit in Singapore. There, he and his team pioneered a data platform and data visualization research initiative that brought together real time data from many of Singapore’s key urban systems operators (telecommunication, transportation, energy, environment) and developed technologies for the analysis, dynamic visual representation and interaction with this data.

Kristian was a faculty member at the University IUAV of Venice’ Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environments (former Faculty of Design and Arts), teaching in the Master in Industrial Design and directing two research units. He has worked as a professional designer with studios in Berlin, Milan and Venice as well as out of his own consultancy with companies in Austria and Italy.

His work is guided by an interest in exploring meaningful ways to disclose the potential of technological innovations by developing novel application scenarios and solutions as well as interface and interaction modalities to form valuable connections between people, objects, space, and the digital data layers that increasingly pervade our environment.

Kristian has published in international journals and books and his work has been exhibited at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Vienna MAK, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Singapore Art Museum, as well as the China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts. Kristian is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has amongst others presented at World Bank SDN Forum, Red Dot Design Museum Singapore, Austrian Innovation Forum in Vienna, Platform Strategy Executive Symposium at MIT Media Lab, ICA Conference in Taipei, and eGov Global Exchange in Singapore.


Kloeckl, Kristian. The Urban Improvise. Improvisation-Based Design for Hybrid Cities. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2019. (publication date in fall 2019)

edited volumes
Shiles, Bryan, Kristian Kloeckl, Hattie Stroud, Molly Thomas, and Daniel Johnson, eds. Workplace + Public Realm Palo Alto, Boston, San Francisco: Stanford University, Northeastern University, WRNS Studio, 2017.

Howe, C., T-Y. Ching, S. Taketani Richter, M. M. Xia, J. Ocampo, A. Biderman, K. Kloeckl, D. Lee, A. Vanky, D. Frenchman, and C. Ratti. Senseable City Guide to Cape Town. Cambridge, MA: SA+P Press, 2013.

Kloeckl, Kristian, Maddalena Mometti, and Simone Bellan. Design, Packaging and Agricultural Products. Design Research and New Technologies for Agricultural Food Packaging. Venezia: Università Iuav di Venezia, 2010.

Rojas, Francisca, Clelia Caldesi Valeri, Kristian Kloeckl, and Carlo Ratti. New York Talk Exchange. Cambridge, MA: SA+P Press, 2008.

Articles (reviewed)

Kloeckl, Kristian. “Dockless City. The Evolution of Bike-Sharing Systems and Improvisation-Based Interactions in the Hybrid City.” 1st International Conference on Urban Experience and Design: Ux+ Design 2019 (forthcoming)

Kloeckl, Kristian. “The Urban Improvise.” Design Issues 33, no. 4 (2017): 44–58.

Kloeckl, Kristian. “An Improvisation Based Framework for Interactive Urban Environments,” In Distributed, Ambient and Pervasive Interactions: 4th International Conference, edited by Streitz N., and Markopoulos P., 439–49. Springer, 2016.

Kloeckl, Kristian. “Tool Theory and the Urban Data Medium: Data Driven Visual Tools for Urban Energy.” IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (2015): 1–6.

Kloeckl, Kristian. “Technology Mediation and Visualizing Urban Energy Data.” Hybrid City 2015: Data to the People. Eds. I. Theona, and D. Charitos. Data to the people Athens: URIAC, 2015. 125-32.

Nagel, Till, Martina Maitan, Erik Duval, Andrew Vande Moere, Joris Klerkx, Kristian Kloeckl, and Carlo Ratti. “Touching Transport – a Case Study on Visualizing Metropolitan Public Transit on Interactive Tabletops.” 2014 International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (2014): 281–88.

Nagel, T., E. Duval, A. Vande Moere, K. Kloeckl, and C. Ratti. “Sankey Arcs – Visualizing Edge Weights in Path Graphs.” The Eurographics Conference on Visualization (2012): 55–59.

Kloeckl, Kristian, Oliver Senn, and Carlo Ratti. “Enabling the Real-Time City: Live Singapore!” Journal of Urban Technology 19, no. 2 (2012): 89–112.

Kloeckl, Kristian, Giusy Di Lorenzo, Oliver Senn, and Carlo Ratti. “Live Singapore! – an Urban Platform for Real-Time Data to Program the City.” 12th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (2011): 1-18

Rojas, Francisca, Kristian Kloeckl, and Carlo Ratti. “Dynamic City. Investigations Into the Sensing, Analysis and Application of Real-Time, Location-Based Data.” First International Conference on Critical Digital: What Matters(s)? (2008): 267–78.

Calabrese, Francesco, Kristian Kloeckl, and Carlo Ratti. “Wikicity: Real-Time Location-Sensitive Tools for the City.” 10th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (2007).

Calabrese, Francesco, Kristian Kloeckl, and Carlo Ratti. “Wikicity: Real-Time Location-Sensitive Tools for the City.” IEEE Pervasive Computing, Mobile and Ubiqui- tous Systems 6, no. 3 (2007): 52–53.
Ratti, Carlo, Francesco Calabrese, and Kristian Kloeckl. “Wikicity: Connecting the Tangible and the Virtual Realm of the City.” GEO Informatics 10, no. 8 (2007): 42–45.

Articles (non-reviewed)

Kloeckl, Kristian. “Urban Office. Research At the Intersection of Workplace and Public Life.” Design Museum Magazine 003 (2017): 22–25.

Kloeckl, Kristian. “Superlux: Smart Light Art, Design and Architecture for Cities.” Journal of Architectural Education 70, no. 1 (2016): 175–77. (Book Review)

Holleczek, Thomas, Liang Yu, Joseph K. Lee, Oliver Senn, Kristian Kloeckl, Carlo Ratti, and Patrick Jaillet. “Digital Breadcrumbs: Detecting Urban Mobility Patterns and Transport Mode Choices From Cellphone Networks.” CoRR abs/1308.6705 (2013)

Kloeckl, Kristian. “Esplorazioni Su Piccolissima Scala.” Disegno Industriale 7, no. 38 (2009): 54–59.

Kloeckl, Kristian. “MIT: Un Luogo Che Fa La Differenza.” Disegno Industriale 24-25 (2007): 94–99.

Kloeckl, Kristian. “Smart Technologies Between Tradition and the Future.” Disegno Industriale 16 (2005): 88–91.

Book Chapters

Kloeckl, Kristian. “Open Works for the Urban Improvise,” In Cybernetics: State of the Art, edited by Liss C. Werner, 150–65. Berlin: Technical University Berlin Publishers, 2017.

Kloeckl, Kristian. “The City as a Digital Public Space – Notes for the Design of Live Urban Data Platforms,” In Decoding the City: Urbanism in the Age of Big Data, edited by Dietmar Offenhuber, and Carlo Ratti, 82–95. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2014.

Kloeckl, Kristian. “Live Singapore! Die Stadt Als Digitaler Öffentlicher Raum,” In Die Stadt Entschlüsseln: Wie Echtzeitdaten Den Urbanismus Verändern (Bauwelt Fundamente), edited by Dietmar Offenhuber, and Carlo Ratti, 86–102. Birkhäuser, 2013.

Roche, Stéphane, Nashid Nabian, Kristian Kloeckl, and Carlo Ratti. “Are ‘Smart Cities’ Smart Enough?,” In Spatially Enabling Government, Industry and Citizens: Research and Development Perspectives, edited by Abbas Rajabifard, and David Coleman, 215–35. GSDI Association Press, 2012.

Kloeckl, Kristian, and Carlo Ratti. “Enacting the Real-Time City,” In Proceedings of Futur En Seine 2009 : The Digital Future of the City, edited by Ewen Chardronnet, 72–84. Cap Digital, 2011.

Offenhuber, Dietmar, David Lee, M Wolf, Lewis Girod, A Boustani, Jennifer Dunham, Kristian Kloeckl, Eugenio Morello, Rex Britter, Assaf Biderman, and Carlo Ratti. “Urban Digestive Systems,” In Towards the Sentient City. Sentient City: Ubiquitous Computing, Architecture, and the Future of Urban Space, edited by Mark Shepard, 90–109. Cambridge (MA): MIT Press, 2011.

Kloeckl, Kristian. “Changing Connections. The Role of Connections in Products Between Traditional and New Technologies,” In Multiple Ways to Design Research, edited by Swiss Design Network, 294–318. Milano: et al./Edizioni, 2009.

Calabrese, Francesco, Kristian Kloeckl, and Carlo Ratti. “Wikicity: Real-Time Location-Sensitive Tools for the City,” In Urban Informatics: Community Integration and Implementation, edited by Markus Foth, 389–413. Hershey: IGI Global, 2008.

Other Publications

Kloeckl, Kristian. “Rashômon and the Wicked Problem of Viewpoints.” Medium (2016):

Kloeckl, Kristian. “Real Time Feedback on the Impact of Our Actions: An Effective Reference.” Medium (2016):

Kloeckl, Kristian. “From Lamp-Hours to Smart Meters.” Information in Action (2016):

Kloeckl, Kristian. “Taming the Rising Dragons of Global Asia. The Many Global Paths to Accessing Asia.” EDB Singapore online (2011):

Ratti, Carlo, and Kloeckl, Kristian. “Rise of the Asian Megacity.” BBC online (2011):


Ratti, Carlo, Kristian Kloeckl, Vincenzo Manzoni, and Andrea Corti. 2012. System for Determining CO2 Emissions. US Patent 2012/0172017 A1, filed January 4,2012, and issued July 5,2012

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