Mitchell Sipus has over 15 years experience researching and designing new approaches to urban problems in the world's most challenging environments. He is a specialist in urban development, post-war reconstruction, social science research, and technology design. He was an advisor to the governments of Afghanistan and Somalia on urban reconstruction between 2011 and 2014. In 2015 he founded the data science technology company, Symkala. He is presently a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, tasked with bringing innovative solutions to entrenched problems for the United States government.
Previously, in 2011-2015, Mitchell founded and operated the Research + Design consultantcy, Sutika Sipus to provide research, monitoring, and evaluation services for agencies around the world. In this capacity, Mitchell led the rebuilding cities in conflict, upgrading of refugee camps and built deep analytics on locations with limited or no existing data. His projects have been found throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and East Africa. Previous clients have included the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Institute of Peace.
This work has been featured in a variety of outlets including WIRED, Popular Science, Forbes, and Gizmodo. He has been consulted by The American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute on the impact of UAVs and autonomous cars on urban design. Continually at the threshold of managing complex socio-technical change, Mitchell’s designs for geofencing interconnected autonomous vehicles has been appropriated by NASA for unmanned aerial traffic management in 2035. In November 2015 he was a highlighted speaker for the American Geography Society’s Geography2050, where he presented the underlying the problems of geospatial technology in relation to future needs and user psychology.
About the Blog
A humanitarian space is a defined, politically neutral space within an area of conflict that allows humanitarian actors to assist populations in need. It provides logistical and operational capacity, but as a non-political zone, so that aid workers may assist anyone in need, regardless of their side in the conflict.
This site, Humanitarian Space, is a likewise virtual space committed to ideas and dialogue on issues of urbanism. It covers subjects ranging from urban planning and design to humanitarian aid and development. This blog is primarily a personal sketchpad but it is also a platform for contributing guest authors.
Article proposals and submissions are always welcome.