the pulse of the city

After seeing Doug McCune’s visualizations of San Franscisco according to 8 different crime rates, one understands the city as a mountainous landscape, where valleys are supposed to be the safest areas and peaks the least boring ones.

Also understanding urban dynamics, this reminds me of the Real Time Rome project and its raster images. If San Francisco maps aim an artistic impression of a reality, the Rome ones deal with scientific time accuracy. Their software, developed in 2006 by MIT SENSEable City Lab, represented cell phone activity in Rome under mass events; for example, they showed the vital energy of the city by relating it to the assistants to Madonna concert in Stadio Olimpico or the World Cup Final at Circo Massimo.

Citizens’ fluxes, together with public transport intensity movements, mobility in definitive, could also be adjusted to changing demand in real time, by understanding how neighborhoods are used in the course of a day, how the distribution of buses and taxis correlates with densities of people, how goods and services are distributed in the city, or how different social groups, such as tourists and residents, inhabit the city. [senseable – MIT]

[images 1&2> San Francisco Crime topography via strange maps] [images 3&4> Real Time Project]

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