Chris Woebken (b. Hamburg, DE) is a designer, educator and co-founder of the Extrapolation Factory, a participatory futures practice based in New York City. Chris earned a Master Degree in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London. He is currently a New School faculty fellow at the Urban Systems Lab and he teaches a studio in Emerging Media Technologies at CUNY Citytech. Prior he has taught Master studios at RISD’s Industrial Design program as well as elective classes at Columbia GSAPP, NYU, SVA and Parsons.

Recently his work was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship (19), the Shed‘s Open Call grant (19) as well as a Graham Foundation Individual Grant (19). His work has been exhibited widely including the MoMA in New York, NCCA National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, and the China National Museum in Beijing. He has created special commissions for Z33 in Leuven, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and ZKM in Karlsruhe.

Past partners include:
Public Sector: NYC Emergency Management, NYC Department of Education, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Red Cross Climate Center, UNICEF

Industry: Autodesk Research, ComEd, Dubai Future Foundation, IDEO, Forum for the Future, Ford Motor Company, frog design, Ginkgo Bioworks, Intel Research, Microsoft Research

Arts & Culture: Laboratorio para la Ciudad in Mexico City, Local Projects, Dunne & Raby, Goethe Institute, MIT Media Lab - Playful Systems Group, MOS Architects, Strelka Institute, Sagmeister Inc., The Green Eyl, The Living, Van Alen Institute, Walker Art Center, YesYesNo, Z33

Recent articles:
Pidgin #26 ‘Some Degrowth Portfolios’ p, 188-210 by Carpenter, LeCavalier, Taeyoung, and Woebken
Urban Omnibus ‘The New Public Water’ by Tei Carpenter & Chris Woebken
Bartlebooth ‘Transition Habitats’ in Más allá de lo humano by Elliott Montgomery & Chris Woebken

Recent and upcoming:
2020 Urban Systems Lab, Faculty Fellowship, Parsons, NYC, US

Things I specialize in:
Participatory Futures Research, Structuring participatory design engagements, Critical & experimental design curriculum and workshop development, Special interest in biodesign and ecology research

email: hello at
studio: 19 Morris Ave, New Lab, 11205 Brooklyn, NY
elsewhere: Instagram,

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