Visualising city complexity

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This presentation is an introduction to my Phd topic, for the Liveable CIty Mini-conference in Birmingham.
(At some point I will add a longer description)

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Visualising city complexity

  1. 1. visualising the complexity of cities
  2. 2. . this is what my research is about
  3. 3. . complexity environment complex adaptive systems. Order arising out of a complex dynamical system. (C. Langton) Complex adaptive systems are pattern seekers. They interact with the environment, “learn” from experience and adapt as a result (Murray Gell-Mann) emergent global structure local interactions time
  4. 4. ea . the macroscope The Macroscope Joël de Rosnay
  5. 5. Maps of processes, actors, relations. (visualise complexity to understand it) densitydesign.org
  6. 6. cities are complex, selforganising systems (K. Lynch)
  7. 7. New York City Panorama, At Queens Museum (1964) does it make sense as an urban planning tool?
  8. 8. “scientific” cartography’s inability to capture the contemporary city (D. Cosgrove) images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kyletaylor/9624268614/ openstreetmap.org
  9. 9. animals ??? networks warriors settlements Map of Bedolina (Iron Age - Val Camonica, Italy)
  10. 10. . maps that tell stories
  11. 11. Dada
  12. 12. Guy Debord, The Naked City
  13. 13. Christian Nold San Francisco Emotion Map (2007)
  14. 14. Sensory Maps Kate McLean
  15. 15. . the role of data Map Your Moves Moriz Stefaner (2010)
  16. 16. The Smart Citizen Kit Acrobotics (2013)
  17. 17. Visual Explorations of Urban Mobility MIT Senseable Lab
  18. 18. Sitegeist Sunlight foundation, IDEO (2012)
  19. 19. Change by Us NYC a project by Code for America and Local Projects (2011)
  20. 20. . the city of the “future” The Metropolis of Tomorrow A Book by Hugh Ferriss (1929)
  21. 21. Metropolis Fritz Lang (1927)
  22. 22. . “the future” FOR SCI-FI DISTROPIAN FUTURE DOMINATED BY HARDWARE, HUMANS ARE CONTROLLED BY MACHINES AND OPPRESSED BY A CENTRALIZED DICTATORIAL GOVERNMENT. images: bLADE RUNNER
  23. 23. Black Mirror Season 1 UK Channel 4 Mini-Series (2011)
  24. 24. THX 1138 Directed by George Lucas (1971)
  25. 25. Logan’s Run Directed by Michael Anderson (1976)
  26. 26. back to the point
  27. 27. . visualisation process (a draft) Acquire data Data Raw. No significance in itself. Analyse Scale Framing Graining Information Added meaning through relational connections Represent Relations Manage Design Interventions Scenarios Knowledge Understanding Wisdom Pinpoint Clusters Appropriate collection of information to make it useful Synthesize new knowledge from knowledge. past/analysis research Judgement (goodbad, right-wrong...) future/design visualize Identify potential scenarios
  28. 28. past/analysis research future/design visualize Identify potential visualisations for future envisioning breakfasts (RC4) scenarios
  29. 29. past/analysis research future/design visualize Identify potential maps of research diagrams visualisations for future envisioning breakfasts (RC4) scenarios
  30. 30. past/analysis research future/design visualize Identify potential maps of research diagrams map of research connections (low res prototype) visualisations for future envisioning breakfasts (RC4) scenarios
  31. 31. thank you. s.pollastri@lancaster.ac.uk

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