Place Pulse Crowdsources Our Understanding Of Urban Spaces

Place Pulse Crowdsources Our Understanding Of Urban Spaces

A new urban interface uses social reaction to judge urban spaces, creating a new experience of city life.

Tarik Fontenelle
  • 3 september 2011

Inspired by Kevin Lynch’s ‘Image Of The City,’ Place Pulse attempts to bring a more collaborative element into the way we perceive our cities. By crowdsourcing brief surveys and utilizing Google Maps, the project, developed at the MIT Media Lab by the Macro Connections group, aims to gain a greater understanding of the collective processes that potentially create the perceptions we have of cities.

The project aims to display the use of gathering large amounts of information to provide a link between governments, councils and architects, and the general public. Our geo-social devices that keep us constantly updated with location-based information strengthen the bond between the virtual and physical spaces that we inhabit. Place Plus aims to capitalize on this relationship and build an accurate picture of our responses to the urban space.

Each survey consists of three questions and a variety of images to respond to, with the results to be displayed as a data visualization at the Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. The exhibition will provoke further response by curating data into experiential and artistic art forms whilst discussing the way we shape and define urban spaces.

Place Pulse

MIT Media Lab

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