I keep bookmarking
links on urban data visualization projects. It´s been a while since I first collected 10 examples of urban data visualization
and new projects gained attention advancing new ways to visualize different aspects of cities. I am particularly interested in working on, beyond aesthetics, useful ways to capture in a dynamic graphical way the urban complexities that are otherwise more difficult to capture through the raw data statistics usually offer. This compilation includes works on carbon emissions, mobile phones activity, public transit flows, social media, among others.
I just picked the videos showing the results, but it is worth taking a closer look at how the projects processed the data, visiting the website to play with the data and, well, waste some time if you are not yet on holidays. 1. LUMINOUS CITIES
The Most Sophisticated Flickr Maps We’ve Ever Seen
The Flickr tool in particular contains an enormous wealth of data – photos themselves, their location, the topical tags associated with them – that can be spliced in infinite ways and visualized across time to illustrate individual events like a natural disaster, or specific geographies like the one associated with Occupy protesters. TraceMedia initially launched the project last year in London, but recently updated it to include more than 50 global cities, some with Flickr data going back as far as 2004. You can view any city during a specific window of time, or in an animation over time, while simultaneously plotting multiple tags (like in the London map shown above).
The Atlantic Cities:
“Prepare to Waste Your Day With This Fascinating City Comparison Tool
Emily Badger. Jul 10, 2013
The power of data to visually explain cities is magnified when you put a pair of maps side-by-side. Cities across the world don’t speak the same language. But comparative maps, like the ones above, can. This is the premise behind a new project unveiled this week at the Esri user conference, an online Urban Observatory that aspires to be a “live museum with a data pulse” about cities all over the planet.
The interactive tool, designed by geospatial firm Esri, the film company @radical.media, and TED creator Richard Saul Wurman, is built around an extensive comparative mapping tool that so far includes 16 cities. Click through to the platform, and you can toggle between them, pulling up navigable maps on population density, road congestion, and land use, among other data points (beware, though, that some of the cities are currently not shown at the same scale).”
The Urban Observatory: A New Way To Compare Cities, From The Creator Of TED
This giant touch-screen installation (and a website you can play with at home) lets you compare the world’s urban centers, side by side.
Close Up At A Distance
Mapping, Technology, and Politics
By Laura Kurgan
Poised at the intersection of art, architecture, activism, and geography, her analysis uncovers the implicit biases of the new views, the means of recording information they present, and the new spaces they have opened up.
How Credit Card Usage Changes in a City during a Big Conference - information aesthetics
¿Qué será el pico a las 2.00 am?
flickr images as geotagged word clouds (Alexander Dunkel)
via The Atlantic Cities
“Visualizing NYC“ - a post on DensityDesign by @GiorgiaLupi:
During the next 6 months I have the honour to be hosted as a visiting researcher at the Parsons Institute for information Mapping in New York. Among the case studies I’m collecting (here) on spatial visualizations of geo-referenced data, in this post I selected the ones that analyse and depict several dynamics of New York cities.
The following projects are either interactive interfaces or static images, visualizing User Generated Data as well as other data sources able to enlighten some hidden dynamics of the city. A pdf of the projects above is downloadable from here, any suggestions on how to integrate this list with other relevant case studies is more than welcome!
Crowdsourced Data & Citizen Mapping
A video from the UP Singapore exhibition at the 2012 World Cities Summit. Produced by Re:imagine Group, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and Newton Circus.
Great notes by Usman Haque, particularly these two points:
- the spectacularisation of data, revelling in complexity only so that ‘experts’ can rescue us from the cacophony: scientists, urban planners, yes, even artists
- the concerning thing about this neo-postivism is when it’s applied to the design and manipulation of our cities because these processes have their own ‘god fantasies’:
- efficiency (those big biz initiatives that use “Smart” throughout their PR material)
- all the things that go counter to the sustainability of what makes a city a city
- social goals that rarely have anything to do with technology and sound suspiciously like the sorts of things urban planners were saying in the 50s and 60s when they gave us highways and highrises/tower blocks
- why are we here at the Open Internet of Things Assembly, what are we all trying to do?
- one view, the Cosm firehose: data data data
- problem comes when people think that this equates to ‘knowledge’ (Wisdom/Knowledge/Info/Data paradigm)
- enlightenment project, rationality — if we…