Here is a City

Here is a figure-ground drawing of Berlin.

Next to it are the figures, arranged alphabetically, as made by Armelle Caron.


Here are some alphabets. Can you make a city?

Post 634 by dglp

Published on February 23, 2011 ~ 10:50 PM

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Spaces and Lines

It’s been months since I did any thinking and reading on incidental research topics, but was given a bit of impetus by a group of noisy neighbours at 6:45 this morning. As I was awake, I decided to update my RSS reader and have a trawl through it.

There are three lines of thought here: amenity social spaces; mapping; information visualisation.

First up, play spaces in the city; reinventing existing structures with an interest in altering our experience of space.
Double Happiness | Broken City Lab

Next up, Detroit, in another of its continual self-reinventions.
Power House Walking Tour: Understanding the Incremental | Broken City Lab
In this case, the interior space of an art house

Perhaps most interesting about their work is the push to reframe the structure of a neighbourhood. Mitch spoke in some detail about future projects that will create new uses for alleys, houses, and vacant lots. In thinking about the possibilities for houses to do something other than house people, Mitch began to frame, in my mind, what’s really at stake in a neighbourhood like this.

Continuing on a theme of social spaces, here’s a way of thinking about and engaging with virtual space: | Invisible Cities

Somewhat similarly, a method of representing relocations: | Map your moves

Whilst considering maps of social space and mocement, the next set of links is abopu map lines, travel, trails, traces: | Jste Tady | A day of Muni | The Geotaggers’ World Atlas

These relate well to a project I took part in this weekend via the mac
A Day in the Life – the Walkers of Birmingham

So it seems like lots of people are in on the act. My route looks like this.

Next up, a different kind of line, showing the deaths / disappearance of French soldiers.
Strata 2011 [Day 2]: Telling the Story with Data – information aesthetics

Even though it’s embedded in a post about an infoviz confrence, it relates well to another infoviz graphic which makes for a provocative juxtaposition
The Map Scroll: Human Development and the US-Mexico Border

I’m looking at the US:Mexico border as a fold, with Brownsville/Matamoros as a crux point equivalent in some way to Moscow.

Then another kind of geophysical line: the Missisippi River corridor as a space of slavery.
Historical Visualization of Slavery in the US – Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media

Lastly, a different kind of line, charting trends, data mining institutional reports in the UK.
Exploring Time Series Data – Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media

Post 631 by dglp

Published on February 20, 2011 ~ 04:04 PM

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Concept Mapping in 3D

This may take a long time to load, as it’s a 11Mb file.

If it does load, you’ll see a ball and bar lattice that rotates and changes shape. It’s a set of words relating to a potential research project. The original, desktop-based model is interactive in that it can be dragged, spun, re-ordered and otherwise manipulated, using a basic, easy-to-use desktop application called WilmaScope.

WilmaScope operates on an XML format called XWG, so it’s fairly easy to set up  sets of nodes and edges, then modify them in a spreadsheet. What I’ve done here is take a set of four broader concepts: food, community, locale, and spatialities, then created subsets of categories and examples. some of the examples relate to more than one category, so the edges begin to loop round and across categories.

Ideally, I’d  create additional points and connections as the scheme becomes more detailed. If I could attach longer texts to a given node, then the project would eventually turn into a proper hypertext document navigated by the node map. I’m sure there are software packages that do the whole thing, but I haven’t seen one yet.

For now, I’m looking to get a web-based version of the model, so that the  interactivity can be more fully appreciated. I may be able to do that with another little app called Morcego.

Post 427 by dglp

Published on June 4, 2010 ~ 08:24 AM

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