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Visualizar'08: Database City - summary of selected projects

List of selected projects to be developed within  the VISUALIZAR'08: DATABASE CITY workshop, which will take place from November 3 through 18, 2008.  If you are interested in collaborating in any of them, here you will find the open call.

In the Air

by Nerea Calvillo

 In the air (Nerea Calvillo)

The project aims to make visible the microscopic and invisible agents of Madrid's air (gases, particles, pollen, diseases, etc) to see how they perform, react and interact with the rest of the city. With 3d modeling tools we will build up the space they generate for an on-line dynamic model, where through data crossing behavior patterns will emerge. The results of these analysis will feed a physical prototype of what we have called a “diffuse façade” a massive indicator of the air´s components through a changing cloud, blurring architecture with the atmosphere it has invaded and mediating with the human bodies it surrounds.

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by Writing Academic English

WAE: knowledgecartography

Visualising the media attention to the urban space, street by streets. Official news, blog and personal website, thematic media will be monitored to generated maps that highlight the pattern of perceptions on the urban space. This mapping will lead to the creation of an atlas that will monitor in time the changing perception of the city areas. The atlas will produce different dynamic visualizations based on themes, sources and time. 

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Density Happens: Cause and Effect in Urban Demography, Landscape and Lifestyles

by Javier Candeira

J. Candeira: Density Happens

This project takes as its starting points two cities on two extreme opposites of the planet, but also wide apart in the spectrum of urban design. Between and around these two cities, Density Happens will deploy a continuum of measurements, analyses and visualisations of how different cities solve the diferent challenges posed by the need for urban living.

This exploration of the effect of population density on the urban fabric and the lifestyles of its denizens is realized by comparing collected data on urban density, residential density, and adjusting the values for data like energy consumption for street lighting, fuel consumption for private vehicles, figures for public transport usage, and any other data that can be related to population, to surface area, or, through density, to both.
The final goal of this visualisation project is to understand what makes cities more livable, in terms of amenities and stressors.

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Much Ado About Nothing

by Iván Huelves Illas

Huelves: Much Ado About Nothing

Noise pollution is a problem that thousands of Madrid residents live with daily. Recently, in 2006, a first step was taken toward a possible solution with the creation by the Madrid City Government of noise maps by district. However, that information still needs to be made simply and clearly accessible to all residents.
This project proposes to create an interactive tool that makes it possible to consult our city’s noise level on the Web. Through this map, you can have direct access to the noise level in decibels on your street.

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by Marina Rocarols y Enrique Soriano


The recent implementation and success of Bicing in Barcelona suggests the possibility of studying its impact on the city via mass data processing tools.

This project aims to trace the uses of this complex system of 400 stations and 6,000 bicycles to extract patterns of diverse periodicity that serve as a tool to read it and for the potential implementation of a similar system in other cities.

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Lazarillo gps

by Carolina Paola Caluori Funes

lazarillo gps

This project proposes a way to map out areas of cultural interest in Madrid, to be used by the disabled. We will work with disabled people who will take GPS receivers along various tourist routes and provide information on which areas are accessible to them and which are not, due to architectural barriers.

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Ecovisualizacion- Ecoanalogizacion: Modelo de Ciudad Biocentrico

by Francisco Castillo

Fran Castillo: Ecovisualización[EV]

Eco-visualization[EV] aims to provide dynamic visualization of invisible variables of environmental information and hormonally active synthetic agents such as synthetic chemical substances, neurotoxins, DDT, PCBs, dioxins, bisphenol-A (BPA), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), octilphenol (OP), asbestos, CFCs, etc., as well as the associated effects on human and non-human organisms. It will be carried out through the construction of a biocentric digital system and the physical presentation of this information in urban space.

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Brecha Digital Urbana

by María Paz Revuelta

The project aims to find out the location of the digital gap in the city, and provide updated information on data networks and what resources are needed to gain access to them in each zone of Madrid. The interface created will make it possible to visually identify: the geographic centres with the best network access; what activities are carried out on those networks; what kind of access each home or educational and social centre has; whether free access is available in public areas and how it is used; and whether there are “disconnected” zones. In addition, the interface should visually relate this geographic location data to the location of various socio-economic sectors of the population.

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