- Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Toronto
- M.A., Philosophy, Université d'Ottawa
- B.Hum., College of the Humanities, Carleton University
Etienne Turpin is the principal director of anexact office, a design research practice committed to interventive multidisciplinary urbanism, artistic and curatorial experimentation, and applied philosophical inquiry, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Etienne is also Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences, and Associate Research Fellow at the Australian Center for Cultural Environmental Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia. With the support of these appointments, Etienne lives and works in Jakarta, where his research helps co-produce strategies for community resistance and social resilience among informal settlements of the urban poor facing the combined violence of climate change and rapid development. His research contributes to new approaches to integrating spatial and temporal data mining techniques with community-led data collection practices to facilitate the co-management of civic infrastructure and resources for climate adaptation in coastal megacities in Asia.
With Dr. Tomas Holderness, Etienne is co-director and co-principal investigator of the PetaJakarta.org research project, developed in collaboration with the SMART GeoSocial Intelligence Research Group and SMART OSGeo Lab, the Jakarta Emergency Management Agency (BPBD DKI Jakarta), and Twitter Inc.; the project is supported by the Australian National Data Service, the University of Wollongong Global Challenges Program, and a #DataGrant from the Twitter OSS Engineering Division. This applied infrastructure research attempts to both explore the practical potential for integrative big and small data collection through a GeoSocial Intelligence Framework and examine the political and theoretical questions emerging from these urban data collection processes.
Etienne is the editor of Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, Science and Philosophy (Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2013), and co-editor of Jakarta: Architecture + Adaptation [English and Bahasa Indonesian bilingual publication] (Depok: Universitas Indonesia Press, 2013). Currently, he is co-editing Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies (Open Humanities Press, forthcoming 2015), and co-curating the international touring exhibition of 125,660 Specimens of Natural History as part of the SYNAPSE International Curators' Network of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany. His first monograph, Terrible is the Earth (forthcoming 2016), considers episodes of intense interactivity among philosophical, infrastructural, and ethical registers pressurized by perceived and intended tellurian hostility.
Etienne completed his Ph.D. (Philosophy) in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto, Canada. Prior to his recent work in Australia and Indonesia, he was a Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies of the University of Michigan, where he also taught advanced design research, architecture and design theory, and coordinated international research-based studios for the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He also taught architecture and landscape architecture in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, and art history and visual culture in the Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto-Mississauga. At the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, he is co-teaching the Data Made Me Do It Theory Seminar as part of Studio One, and curating the Data Made Me Do It Symposium, 13-15 March, 2015.