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Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2023. Autographic Design — The Matter of Data in a Self-inscribing World. Cambridge: MIT Press
Winner ASCINA Award 2017Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2017. Waste Is Information —
Infrastructure Legibility and Governance
. Cambridge: MIT Press [link]
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Carlo Ratti, eds. 2014. Decoding the City: Urbanism in the Age of Big Data. Basel: Birkhauser.

Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Carlo Ratti, eds. 2013. Die Stadt entschlüsseln. Basel: Bauwelt Fundamente.
(German translation)

译美]迪特马尔·奥夫胡贝尔(Dietmar Offenhuber)、[美]卡洛·拉蒂(Carlo Ratti) 主编;曹海元、常莹、陈然、党霄羽、黄艺、姚琪. 2014. 数字化城市——实时数据如何改变城市化进程. 第1版 ed. 东西文库.
(Chinese translation)

호펜후버디트마르, and 라티카를로, eds. 2016. 도시 디코딩: 빅데이터 시대의 어바니즘. Translated by 박재현. Seoul, Korea: 국토연구원.
(Korean translation)
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Katja Schechtner, eds. 2013. Accountability Technologies: Tools for Asking Hard Questions. Vienna: Ambra / Birkhäuser [link]
Review at
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Katja Schechtner, eds. 2012. Inscribing a Square: Urban Data as Public Space. 2012th ed. Vienna, New York: Springer. [link]
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2024. “Shapes and Frictions of Synthetic Data.” Big Data & Society 11 (2). [link - open access]
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Joy Mountford. 2023. “Reconsidering Representation in College Design Curricula.” She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, The Future of Design Education: Rethinking Design Education for the 21st Century , 9 (2): 264–82.
Best Paper 2020, IEEE Computer Graphics and ApplicationsOffenhuber, D. 2020. “What We Talk About When We Talk About Data Physicality.” IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications 40 (6): 25–37.[link] [doi]
Campbell, Sarah, Dietmar Offenhuber. 2020. "Feeling Numbers: The emotional impact of proximity techniques in visualization." Information Design Journal 25(1): 71-86 [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2019. “Data by Proxy-Material Traces as Autographic Visualizations.” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2019. “The Platform and the Bricoleur—Improvisation and Smart City Initiatives in Indonesia.” Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science 46 (8): 1565–80. [pdf]
Solano-Roman, A., C. Cruz-Castillo, D. Offenhuber, and A. Colubri. 2019. “NX4: A Web-Based Visualization of Large Multiple Sequence Alignments.” Bioinformatics (Oxford, England), June.
Offenhuber, Dietmar, Sam Auinger, Susanne Seitinger, and Remco Muijs. 2018. “Los Angeles Noise Array—Planning and Design Lessons from a Noise Sensing Network:” Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, August. [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2018. “Maps of Daesh: The Cartographic Warfare Surrounding Insurgent Statehood.” GeoHumanities 4 (1): 1–24. [pdf]
Lee, David, Dietmar Offenhuber, Fábio Duarte, Assaf Biderman, and Carlo Ratti. 2017. “Monitour: Tracking Global Routes of Electronic Waste.” Waste Management, November. [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar, Katja Schechtner. 2017. “Improstructure – an Improvisational Perspective on Smart Infrastructure Governance.” Cities. 72 (Feb) [pdf] [link]
O’Brien, Daniel, Dietmar Offenhuber, Jesse Baldwin-Philippi, Melissa Sands, Eric Gordon. 2017. “Uncharted Territoriality in Coproduction: The Behavioral Bases of 311 Reporting” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
Auinger, Sam, and Dietmar Offenhuber. 2017. “Auditive Space - Its Limitations and Its Materiality.” GAM. Architecture Magazine, no. 13. [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2014. “Infrastructure Legibility - a Comparative Study of Open311 Citizen Feedback Systems.” Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. [pdf]
Best Paper 2012, Journal of the American Planning AssociationOffenhuber, Dietmar, David Lee, Malima I. Wolf, Santi Phithakkitnukoon, Assaf Biderman, and Carlo Ratti. 2012. “Putting Matter in Place.” Journal of the American Planning Association 78 (2): 173–196. [pdf]

From the review in Planning: "The paper, which appeared in the Spring 2012 issue, was chosen by JAPA's editors for its rigorous and careful analysis of the true costs of transporting waste out of the communities in which it was created to be recycled at what are often far distant sites"
Offenhuber, Dietmar, Malima I. Wolf, and Carlo Ratti. 2013. “Trash Track – Active Location Sensing for Evaluating E-waste Transportation.” Waste Management & Research.pdf
Nabian, Nashid, Dietmar Offenhuber, Anthony Vanky, and Carlo Ratti. 2013. “Data Dimension: Accessing Urban Data and Making It Accessible.” Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning 166 (1) (February 1): 60–75.
Phithakkitnukoon, Santi, Malima I. Wolf, Dietmar Offenhuber, David Lee, Assaf Biderman, and Carlo Ratti. 2013. “Tracking Trash.” IEEE Pervasive Computing 12 (2): 38–48. [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2012. “Patterns of Choice: The Prix Ars Electronica Jury Sessions.” Leonardo 45 (3): 226–232. [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2011. „IOOO – the Internet of Obsolete Objects“. Volume 28, 169-171. Amsterdam: Stichting Archis. [pdf]
Boustani, Avid, Lewis Girod, Dietmar Offenhuber, Rex Britter, Malima I. Wolf, David Lee, Stephen B. Miles, Assaf Biderman, and Carlo Ratti. 2011. “Investigation of the Waste-removal Chain Through Pervasive Computing.” IBM Journal of Research and Development 55 (1/2).[pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2010. “Visual Anecdote.” Leonardo 43 (4): 367–374. [pdf]
Vande Moere, Andrew, and Dietmar Offenhuber. 2009. “Beyond Ambient Display: A Contextual Taxonomy of Alternative Information Display.” International Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence 1 (2): 39–46. [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. “Wegzeit.” Vectors Journal no. 2: Mobility (2006).
Book Chapters
Offenhuber, Dietmar. “Environment.” In Making with Data: Physical Design and Craft in a Data-Driven World, edited by Samuel Huron, Till Nagel, Lora Oehlberg, and Wesley Willett, 1st edition., 312–16. Boca Raton: A K Peters/CRC Press, 2022.
Offenhuber, Dietmar. “Staubmarke (Dustmark).” In Making with Data: Physical Design and Craft in a Data-Driven World, edited by Samuel Huron, Till Nagel, Lora Oehlberg, and Wesley Willett, 1st edition., 359–68. Boca Raton: A K Peters/CRC Press, 2022.
peer-reviewedPerovich, Laura, and Dietmar Offenhuber. "Data as environment: Physicalization strategies for communicating environmental data." In Making Data: Materializing Digital Information, edited by Ian Gwilt, 41–56. London,: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2022. Accessed June 4, 2022.
peer-reviewedAuinger, Sam, and Dietmar Offenhuber. 2020. “The Plaza.” In The Bloomsbury Handbook of the Anthropology of Sound, edited by Holger Schulze, 191–209. Bloomsbury Academic.
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2020. “Data Materiality and Matters of Communication.” In Matters of Communication – Formen Und Materialitäten Gestalteter Kommunikation, edited by Sabine Foraita, Bianca Herlo, and Axel Vogelsang, 37–46. Bielefeld: Transcript.
peer-reviewedOffenhuber, Dietmar, and Sam Auinger. 2019. “Politics of Sensing and Listening.” In Architecture and the Smart City, edited by Sergio M. Figueiredo, Sukanya Krishnamurthy, and Torsten Schroeder. London: Routledge. [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2019. “Premium Places.” In How to Run a City Like Amazon, and Other Fables, edited by Mark Graham, Rob Kitchin, Shannon Mattern, and Joe Shaw. Meatspace Press.
Offenhuber, Dietmar. forthcoming. "Data materiality and matters of communication" Matters of Communication
peer-reviewedOffenhuber, Dietmar. forthcoming. "Towards ethical legibility - an inclusive view of waste technologies." Katherine Willis, Alessandro Aurigi (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Smart Cities New York: Routledge [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2019. “Destabilizing the Platform: Improvisation on the Electric Grid.” In Ways of Knowing Cities, edited by Laura Kurgan and Dare Brawley. New York, NY: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City.
peer-reviewedOffenhuber, Dietmar. 2019. "Tarzan vs. IBM
- Value Paradigms of Urban Technologies." In: Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Tridib Banerjee (Eds.) The New Companion to Urban Design. New York: Routledge [pdf]
peer-reviewedOffenhuber, Dietmar. 2017. “Sticky data – context and friction in the use of urban data proxies.” In Data and the City. ed. Rob Kitchin, Tracey P. Lauriault, and Gavin McArdlel. New York: Routledge. [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2016. “Urban Entropy.” In What Urban Media Art Can Do: Why When Where and How?, edited by Susa Pop, Tanya Toft, Nerea Calvillo, and Mark Wright. S.l.: Av Edition Gmbh.
peer-reviewedOffenhuber, Dietmar, and Orkan Telhan. 2015. “Indexical Visualization—the Data-Less Information Display.” In Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture, edited by Ulrik Ekman, Jay David Bolter, Lily Diaz, Morten Søndergaard, and Maria Engberg, 288–303. New York: Routledge. [pdf]
Auinger, Sam and Dietmar Offenhuber, . 2015. Tuning Infrastructure. In: Liquid Music - Überschreitungen II. Stadt Judenburg [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2015. Civic Technologies: Tools or Therapy? in Ars Electronica 2015: Post City. Hatje Cantz
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Carlo Ratti. 2013. "Drei Mythen über Smart Cities und Big Data." In Big Data: das neue Versprechen der Allwissenheit (Edition Unseld). ed. Heinrich Geiselberger, Tobias Moorstedt. Berlin: Suhrkamp

Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Carlo Ratti. 2013. “Mapping the Future.” In Connecting Minds, Crating the Future. London: Touchline.
the official bid of Dubai for Expo2020 - with essays from Jimmy Carter, John Maeda and Joseph Stieglitz and others.
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Carlo Ratti. 2012. “Reading the City — Reconsidering Kevin Lynch’s Notion of Legibility in the Digital Age.” In The Digital Turn - Design in the Era of Interactive Technologies, ed. Zane Berzina, Barbara Junge, Wim Westerveld, and Carola Zwick. Zürich: Park Books.[link][pdf]

From the review in bauwelt"Wie bedeutend der „Digital Turn“ auch für Architekten ist, wird spätestens deutlich, wenn Dietmar Offenhuber und Carlo Ratti vom MIT Kevin Lynches „The Image of the City“ um die digitale Komponente erweitern."
peer-reviewedOffenhuber, Dietmar. 2012. “Kuleshov’s Display: On Contextual Invisibility.” In Throughout: Art and Culture Emerging with Ubiquitous Computing, ed. Ulrik Ekman. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. [link] [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2012. “On Infrastructure Legibility.” In Inscribing a Square: Urban Data as Public Space, 25–29. Vienna, New York: Springer.[pdf (reprint de/en)]
peer-reviewedOffenhuber, Dietmar, David Lee, Malima I. Wolf, Lewis Girod, Avid Boustani, Jennifer Dunham, Kristian Kloeckl, et al. 2011. “Urban Digestive Systems.” In Towards the Sentient City. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Judith Donath. 2008. “Comment Flow - Visualizing Communication Along Network Path.” In Interface Cultures: Artistic Aspects of Interaction, ed. Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau. 1st ed. Transcript. [pdf]
Harry, Drew, Dietmar Offenhuber, and Judith Donath. 2008. “The Social Roles of Virtual Architecture.” In Space Between People: How the Virtual Changes Physical Architecture, ed. Stephan Doesinger. Prestel. [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2002. „wegzeit - the geometry of relative distance“, in Yu-Tung Liu (ed.), Developing Digital Architecture FEIDAD Award 2002, Basel: Birkhäuser
Conference proceedings
Best Paper Honorable MentionPerovich, Laura, Bernice Rogowitz, Victoria Crabb, Jack Vogelsang, Sara Hartleben, and Dietmar Offenhuber. 2023. “The Tactile Dimension: A Method for Physicalizing Touch Behaviors.” Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
Oehlberg, Lora, Wesley Willett, Samuel Huron, Till Nagel, Alice Thudt, Ekene Ijeoma, Dietmar Offenhuber, and Eva Hornecker. 2023. “Making with Data (and Beyond).” In Extended Abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1–5. CHI EA ’23. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery.
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Sam Auinger. 2021. “Distancing Interfaces—Improvisational Media Architectures for Place-Based Discourse under Lockdown.” In Media Architecture Biennale 20, 111–20. MAB20. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery. [pdf]<\a>
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2019. "Dustmark and Ozone Tattoos: Autographic displays of air pollution" VISAP 2019, IEEE VIS, Vancouver [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar, Sam Auinger. 2018. Politics of Sensing and Listening. 15th Architectural Humanities Research Association International Conference. Eindhoven. [pdf]
Renzi, Alessandra, Dietmar Offenhuber, Nathan Felde, Christopher Pietsch, Siqi Zhu, Navarjun Singh Grewal. 2018. "Art of the March - a Visual Archive of Protest Signs" VISAP’18 exhibition catalog
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2018. “Werteparadigmen und Ideologien von Stadttechnologien.” In Working class districts: urban transformations and qualities of life in the growing city : book of abstracts, edited by Marc Diebäcker, Isabel Glogar, Christoph Stoik, Andreas Bengesser, Angelika Eder, Peter Putz, Ana­Maria Simionovici, et al. University of Applied Sciences Wien.
Majooni, Azam, A. Akhavan, D. Offenhuber. 2018. An Eye-Tracking Study on Usability and Efficiency of Blackboard Platform.
International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics
, 281-289
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2016. "The Transactionalization of Infrastructure as a Case for Accountability- Oriented Design". Design and the City Conference, Amsterdam. [pdf]
Lee, David, D. Offenhuber, L. H. Xavier, C. Ratti, 2015. "Forager - Designing Location- Aware Applications for Informal Waste Recyclers in Brazil". 4th International Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications, Osaka, Japan. [pdf]
Lee, David, J. Felix, S. He, D. Offenhuber , and Carlo Ratti. 2015. “CityEye: Real-Time Visual Dashboard for Managing Urban Services and Citizen Feedback Loops.” 14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management. Cambridge, MA.
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Susanne Seitinger. 2014. “Over the Rainbow - Information Design for Low-Resolution Urban Displays.” In Media Architecture Biennale 2014, Aarhus, DK: ACM. (acceptance rate 25%)
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2014. “The Designer as Regulator – Design Patterns and Categorization in Citizen Feedback Systems.” In Proceedings of the 2014 Workshop on Big Data and Urban Informatics. Chicago, IL.
Xavier, Lúcia Helena, David Lee, Dietmar Offenhuber, Carlo Ratti, Alexsandro Diniz, and Rodrigo Medeiros. 2014. “Environmental Information System for Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Management: Case Study of Pernambuco (Brazil).”
Lee, David, Dietmar Offenhuber, Assaf Biderman and Carlo Ratti, 2014. Learning From Tracking Waste: How Transparent Trash Networks Affect Sustainable Attitudes and Behavior, IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, Seoul
Offenhuber, Dietmar, & Lee, David 2012. Putting the Informal on the Map - Tools for Participatory Waste Management. Proceedings of the Twelveth Anniversary Conference on Participatory Design 2012, PDC  ’12. Roskilde, Dk. [pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2008. The Invisible Display – Design Strategies for Ambient Media in the Urban Context. In Ambient Information Systems workshop proceedings, Ubicomp2008. Seoul, Korea.[pdf]
Harry, Drew, and Dietmar Offenhuber. 2007. “The Projects - Towards a Sociable Architecture for Virtual Worlds.” In Proceedings of the 2007 Conference on Designing for User eXperience. Chicago, Illinois.
Parkes, Amanda, and Dietmar Offenhuber. 2007. “Dewy: a Condensation Display.” In ACM SIGGRAPH 2007 Posters, 44. 
Modlitba, Paulina, Dietmar Offenhuber, Moses Ting, Dido Tsigaridi, and Hiroshi Ishii. 2007. “TILTle: Exploring Dynamic Balance.” In Proceedings of the 2007 Conference on Designing for User eXperiences, 10:2–10:7. DUX  ’07. New York, NY, USA: ACM. 
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2006. “Moviemaps Revisited.” In SIGGRAPH 2006, Sketches and Applications , 87. Boston, Massachusetts: ACM.
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2002. “Wegzeit: The Geometry of Relative Distance.” In SIGGRAPH 2002 Sketches and Applications, 280–280. San Antonio, Texas: ACM.
Other Publications
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2021. “The Planet as a Photographic Plate.” Fotograf Magazine 20 (40): 66–71. [pdf]
Telhan, Orkan, and Dietmar Offenhuber. 2020. “The Inscriptome: Virus as a Visual Instrument.” Strelka Magazine, September 8, 2020.
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2020. “Public Evidence — Autographic Visualizations of Contagion.” Medium. July 21, 2020.
Offenhuber, Deitmar, Bruce Campbell, and Francesca Samsel. 2020. “Dietmar Offenhuber: Collaboration Via the Many Traces Our Data Sets Leave Behind.” IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications 40 (5): 120–26. [pdf]
Dietmar Offenhuber. Material Traces as Autographic Visualizations. Jan. 2020. Multiple Views[link]
Dietmar Offenhuber. Amateur Visual Forensics and the View from Nowhere / Dietmar Offenhuber for the Shenzhen Biennale (UABB) 2019. Oct. 11, 2019. ArchDaily[link]
Seitinger, Susanne, Dietmar Offenhuber, Sam Auinger, And Remco Mujis. Listening to our streets: “How high-resolution noise sensing can drive policy and design decisions towards calmer cities.” Planning & Technology Today 117, APA Technology Division. [pdf]
Offenhuber, D. (2017). Der Plattform-Urbanismus. Bauwelt.[pdf] [english pdf]
Offenhuber, Dietmar. 2013. Tarzan oder IBM? WIRED 01/13[link]
Blog posts at
Featured in (selection)
Vasari, Bernd. 2015. “Die Smart City Ist Tot.” Wiener Zeitung, April 9.
Jeff Nesbit, Colin Norman, Special Feature: 2010 Visualization Challenge. 2011. Science 18 February 2011: 847
Cantoni, Virginio, Stefano Levialdi, and Bertrand Zavidovique. 2011. 3C Vision: Cues, Context and Channels. Elsevier.
Humes, Edward. 2012. Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. Avery.
“Tagging Trash: What Cities Can Learn for Better Waste Management.” 2014. Cities Today.
Rahim, Saqib. 2010. “Tracking Trash to Turn Waste into Efficiency: Scientific American.” Scientific American, March 26.
Saqib Rahim. 2010. “They Don’t Talk Trash, They Track It.” The New York Times, March 26, sec. Business / Energy & Environment.
Schulze, Holger. 2008. Sound Studies: Traditionen - Methoden - Desiderate. Eine Einführung. transcript Verlag.
Naone, Erica. “Between Friends.” MIT Technology Review, February 19, 2008.
Lima, M. Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information. Princeton Architectural Press, 2011
Köster, Ingo, and Kai Schubert. 2009. Medien in Raum und Zeit: Massverhältnisse des Medialen. transcript Verlag.
Mraz, Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow/Simon. Пыль. Staub. Dust. AustrianCulturalForum Moscow.
Brock, Chris. 2003. Terra Infirma, eDesign Magazine. issue 5 p.11
Offenhuber, Dietmar and Sam Auinger. 2011. Urban Configuration and the Soundscape. Available at