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Today’s world is inundated with massive streams of data, however, decision makers do not always have timely access to the most relevant and critical linkages across global and local data for real-time situation analysis. By presenting information alongside impact in this way, we can re-envisage the built ecologies of the future, with the goal of changing the way we decode and solve complex environmental challenges.


BEEM Lab emerged as a concept through a collaboration between the schools of architecture and theater in 1994 for the Yale Cabaret allegorically titled NUDA VERITAS - ‘naked truth’. We use this laboratory as a space to collectively reflect upon information, ideate, facilitate discussion, and query scientific data. This process helps to reveal the hidden impact of information to our individual lives and how we collectively organize as societies.


We collaborate with partners from multiple universities, industries, government agencies, and nonprofits to conduct scientific and humanities-based research and inquiry that is integrated into our pedagogical curriculum.

Built Environment Ecosystem Measurements Lab (BEEM Lab) is an immersive visual lab, used to simultaneously analyze multiple types of data. BEEM Lab is a future technology driven audiovisual workspace, that enables agile team collaboration for intuitive interaction across a wide range of digital content and data. The 360° immersive visualization lab, allows key stakeholders and decision-makers to juxtapose and inhabit multi-scalar data and aggregated statistics with critical in-situ information and 3D environments.

How can we inhabit data and visualize the unseen in order to project future worlds?

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Yale University

Anna Dyson, Hind Wildman, Naomi Keena, Mohamed Aly Etman

Electronic Imaging, no. 1,1-7 (2016)

Naomi Keena, Mohamed Aly Etman, Josh Draper, Paulo Pinheiro + Anna Dyson (2016)

Electronic Imaging 2016, no. 1,1-7 (2017)

Naomi Keena, Mohamed Aly Etman, Josh Draper, Paulo Pinheiro + Anna Dyson (2017)

Proceedings of the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference, 9 (2020)

Anna Dyson, Naomi Keena, Alan Organschi, Lisa Gray, Nick Novelli, Kipp Bradford, Mohamed Aly Etman, Matt Gindlesparger, Hind Wildman, Jonathan Duwyn, Martina Otto, Sophie Loran, Catherine Beltrandi + Mark Radka (2020)

Industry: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

How can we inhabit data and visualize the unseen in order to project future worlds?