Image of the City

Vancouverism 2.0 should attempt to understand the city from the perspective of its citizens. Through mobile devices, Vancouverites and visitors document their perspectives in the city thousands of times each day. We tell friends and followers where we are, we tag the locations of our photographs, and we document our interactions with the places around us. As we engage in these activities in the city, massive amounts of data are being collected and stored that track our collective movements. What might Vancouver look like from the perspective of these electronic interactions?

This vast spatial dataset has tremendous possibility for complementing the static ways that we have traditionally sought to map the physicality of the city including: aerial photographs, 3D modeling, street maps, transit routes, infrastructure, etc. Apart from sending people out to observe and track peoples movements there is typically very little analysis and study done of life in the city. It could be argued that we understand more about the movement of wildlife in their habitats than we understand about the way humans move through urban habitats.

In this project we have begun to explore methods of using this socio-spatial dataset to evaluate how people interact with public space in the city, and to understand what areas draw the most locals and tourists. Through this we hope to help the public, politicians, designers and planners envision the potential of this data to lead to better decisions regarding the design of the city.

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