The *UrbanSensing project got featured on The Atlantic Cities and Tafter Journal.
A small excerpt from the article in The Atlantic Cities:
Maps don’t typically convey time very well. They’re static snapshots of a moment in history. They tell you what exists, not when people go there, or how the value of a place might be tied to time – whether it’s a nightlife district or a public park most popular with early-morning joggers.
We’ve come across a handful of animated maps that do a good job combining time and space, frequently using either transit data or geo-tagged social-media hits. Now a new project, called Geographies of Time, is trying to do something similar with a more typical two-dimensional map. The effort is part of a broader EU-funded project called UrbanSensing that’s building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.
A small excerpt from the article in Tafter Journal:
Cities are complex systems, with emerging qualities which cannot be reduced to static understandings or representations. Dynamic networks of human flows and social interactions are deployed within an evolving infrastructure and architecture that defines the urban morphology. New models and analytical work based on complexity science and network theory can inform our understanding of both what the city is and what it could be. Such studies, rely heavily on the availability of appropriate data at the city level, which has always been a serious problem for urban policy making. Major economic data for measuring the health of the urban economy, like city product, investment, income disparity, and financial status and other data for measuring the living condition of the city, like infrastructure service levels and environment, are increasingly easy to access, especially in Western countries.