Elizabeth Umbanhowar

Elizabeth Umbanhowar

PhD Candidate, Built Environments

Umbanhowar’s research focuses on the historic role of visual culture and screen technology in mediating, navigating and shaping personal and social cognition and connectivity in urban landscapes. While design professions are actively adopting new and evolving technologies into the classroom and workplace to produce space, there has been less research on the role of screen technologies on human perception and experience of public space particularly during times of social and environmental crisis. She recently returned from Denmark on a Valle Scholarship where she began to investigate the intersections of mobility, open space access and use, and screen narratives. Research questions include: how are narratives of disaster and social crises in the built world communicated in film; how has the use of and access to screen technologies historically effected human perception and well-being in urban environments; how do representations of public space on screen impact individual and collective rights in the occupation, definition, and participation in public places; and what are the implications of screen narratives in the communication and mediation of public space for the teaching and practice of landscape architecture?