Dr. Selena Savic – Researcher

Selena Savic is an architect, media designer and researcher. Her research intersts revolve around the immixture of computational processes with architecture and the built environment, exploring ways to demonstrate abundant communication processes. Her hybrid design practice forms productive connections between the world of tangible experiences and seamless technologies and infrastructures.

Selena holds a joint PhD by EPFL in Lausanne and IST in Lisbon, with a background in architecture (Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia) and media design (Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands). In 2017 she received SNSF grant for a postdoc fellowship at the department of Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics, TU Vienna, Austria where she worked on questions of computation in architectural theory and practice. Between 2011 and 2016 she worked on her doctoral thesis, developing a research through design method to explore the coexistence of wireless communication infrastructures in space designed by and for humans, and how could we design with connectivity in mind. Prior to that, she worked on critical media design projects that engaged with different social and machinic mechanisms. She publishes extensively on the role of digital technologies and infrastructures in creation and organisation of space, particularly in the context of design.


Peer-reviewed scientific journals

Savić, S., Magarshack, L. D. J., & Huang, J. (2018). Landscape of connectivity. Measuring and representing fluctuations in wireless network traffic in space. Automation in Construction, 89, 275–291. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2018.02.010

Savić, S. (2017). Designing for Connectivity: Rethinking the Interaction with the Built Environment and Wireless Communication Infrastructure. Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal – IxD&A, Special issue on:  The Future of Human-Building Interaction: An HCI Perspective(32), pp. 48–67.  http://www.mifav.uniroma2.it/inevent/events/idea2010/doc/32_4.pdf

Savić, S. (2017). Connectivity in Action/Form: Discussing Non-human Performativity and Architecturality of Wireless Communication. Contour Journal, Agency/Agents of Urbanity. http://contour.epfl.ch/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Savic_2016.pdf

Savić, S. (2016). Connect or Not: Interaction with Wireless Networks and Their Effects on the Experience of Space. Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, 7(1), 19–36. http://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8676/CGP

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

Savić, S., (2018) Measuring Scarcity or Balancing Abundance: Some reflections on Human-building Interaction Paradigms from an Architectural Perspective, in Proceedings oft he HCI International 2018 Conference, Springer

Savić, S. and Bühlmann, V. (2017) ‘Digital Literacy in Architecture: How Space is Organized by Computation’, in Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM Press, pp. 2909–2914. http://doi.org/10.1145/3027063.3053237

Savić, S., & Heitor, T. (2014). Probing the Network: Architecturality of Wireless Infrastructure. In Proceedings of the 2Nd Media Architecture Biennale Conference: World Cities (pp. 69–78). Aarhus, Denmark: ACM. http://doi.org/10.1145/2682884.2682889

Savić, S., & Huang, J. (2014). Research Through Design: What Does it Mean for a Design Artifact to be Developed in the Scientific Context? In A Matter of Design (pp. 409–423). Milan: STS Italia Publishing

Savičić, G., & Savić, S. (2014). Unpleasant Design. Designing Out Unwanted Behaviour. In A Matter of Design (pp. 975–988). Milan: STS Italia Publishing

Sempere, A., Savić, S., Huang, J., Badura, J., & Barchiesi, A. (2013). Experience Catalyst and Architecture: Towards a New Tradition. In José Pedro Sousa & João Pedro Xavier (Eds.), Future traditions: rethinking traditions and envisioning the future in architecture through the use of digital technologies. Porto: Porto: FAUP Publicações

Articles (not peer-reviewed)

Savić, S., (2017), Exploring the Identities of Digital Processes in Architectonic Context, Digicult journal (Leonardo Affiliate), Part 1 http://digicult.it/news/exploring-identities-digital-processes-architectonic-context-part-1/  and Part 2 http://digicult.it/news/esplorare-le-identita-dei-processi-digitali-contesto-architettonico-parte-2/

Savić, S., (2012) Emperor’s New Architecture: The Immaterial Public Space, Digimag Journal, Issue 73 : Places and Spaces, Autumn 2012


Savičić, G., & Savić, S. (Eds.). (2013). Unpleasant Design. GLORIA, Belgrade.

Contributions to books

Savić, S., (2018) Space of Communication. in de Vega, M., Mazón Gardoqui, V., Silvestrin, D., (eds.), META. Tracing Unknown Knowns. ñ Mexico City/Berlin

Savić, S. (in press). Exposed Script on the Stage. in J. Huang, A. Ray, & S. von Fischer (Eds.), Staging Space. The Architecture of Performance in the 21st Century. Park Books. ISBN 978-3-03860-017-6

Savić, S., (forthcoming, 2018) Interacting with Stage Design: Researching Through Experiencing, in Pluta, I., Magris, E., Hagemann, S., Pastor, E., (eds.), Scène numérique. Manifestes, textes programmatiques, carnets de bords, entretiens, Lausanne, L’Age d’homme

Savić, S., (2017) On the Table: Extending a Conversation Between Four Angles, in Bühmlann, V., Chiappone-Piriou, E., Fassl, G., (eds.) Quantum Words on Architectonic Objects: The Table, ATTP Technische Universität Wien August 2017


Talks / Presentations

2018 Unpleasant Design and its Discontents, invited and hosted by Esker Foundation, Calgary, CA

2017 On Bringing Light, Air and Internet into Buildings, Another Brick in the Wall? symposium, Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague, NL

2017 Unpleasant Design: Uncomfortable Websites and Demanding Services, Drinks+Tech Talks about Technology and Design in Basel, Fluxdock, Basel, CH

2016 Architecture: Between Weather and Electromagnetic Radiation, Radical Networks conference, New York, US

Exhibitions / Shows

Art@IGF: How Digital Arts can Shape Our Digital Future, Internet Governance Forum, UN, Geneva, CH

Community in Progress, Part 2: Hacking Social Reality, Haus der Elektronische Künste (H3K) Basel, CH

Short Cuts, Centre PasquArt, Biel/Bienne, CH

Les Urbaines projets de recherches ECAL – HEAD – SINLAB, Espace Arlaud, Lausanne, CH

Expand, Explore, Expose, group exhibition, Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz, AT

V2_testlab Invisible Cities, V2, Institute for Unstable Media, Rotterdam NL

RE : , group exhibition, OKNO, Brussels, BE

MEDIAPHOS!S, group exhibition, Dom omladine, Belgrade, RS

Hack.Fem.East: Women, Technology and Networks in Eastern Europe, group exhibition, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, DE

Awards / Fellowships

2017–2018 SNSF Early Postdoc.mobility fellowship

2011–2015 Research scholarship (Bolsa de Dotouramento) FCT, Portugal

2010–2011 Stroom PRO Invest, Independent Art and Research funding, The Hague, Netherlands

2010 GameFonds, Mondrian Fonds, Independent Project Funding, Amsterdam, NL

2010 Virtueel Platform Hot100: Best Alumni of Master Media- and Design Programs, NL

Conference / Workshops Organization

2012 MAKE ME ECLECTIC! Festival, co-organised with Mz* Baltazar’s Lab, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, AT

2011 NAPRAVI ME! Festival, co-organised with Žene na Delu and Mz* Baltazar’s Lab, Rex, Belgrade, RS


autumn semester 2017/2018
Lecturer, MA Design studio, “Architectonics of Noise: Inversion of Site Analysis”, Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics, TU Vienna, AT

autumn semester 2017/2018
Lecturer, BA thesis seminar, “Current Issues in Architecture Theory”, Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics, TU Vienna, AT

autumn semester 2017/2018
Lecturer, Orientierunskurs, Architecture, TU Vienna, AT

spring semester 2016/2017
Lecturer, BA thesis seminar, “Topos in Architecture Theory”, Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics, TU Vienna, AT

autumn semester 2014/2015
Lecturer, Doctoral course “Apprendre la thèse en sciences sociales et en architecture”, EPFL, Lausane, CH

autumn semester 2014/2015
Lecturer, MA Semester project “Développement d’une application Android pour suivre des utilisateurs en utilisant le WIFI et le Bluetooth 4.0” Master in Communications Systems, EPFL, Lausanne, CH;

spring semester 2011/2012
Studio assistant, MA Design project “Home 2.0 Cabane Augmentée”, Atelier LDM, EPFL, Lausanne, CH

Networking Activities

Co-founder and editor of Contour Journal (ISSN 2297-6906), since 2013

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