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PARTICIPATORY SENSING

parametric design, architecture and art

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Comme evoqué dans notre article de la semaine dernière et comme déclaré dans notre page about, ce blog est pour HDA principalement une plateforme d’échange. On est très heureux de recevoir des commentaires ou des mails de la part de nos lecteurs avec des questions ou des demandes d’approfondissement.  Souvent, par ce dialogue, nous finissons par apprendre nous-même des nouvelles choses, des nouveaux projets et des nouvelles pistes de recherche. C’est le cas de notre échange récent avec Borha, une étudiante de l’école d’architecture de Nantes qui nous contacte pour nous demander des références d’architecture paramétrique et network thinking en relation à la participation citoyenne.

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IMAGE ABOVE: Axial map of the central area of London, created to analyze the paths inside the city

At Hugh Dutton Associates we have recently worked on the relationship between parametric design and urban planning. Last year we coordinated the workshop Smart Cities in Turin and we published on this blog some studies about Participatory Sensing and Urban Data Visualization by Sara Alvarellos and Fran Castillo. Today we share an academic research by Andrea Galli, a young architect we met in Turin on the occasion of our lecture PARAMETRIC DESIGN /// COMPLEX GEOMETRIES /// NEW TECHNOLOGIES.

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Image Open Energy. Real-Time Energy Behaviour Visualization. Fran Castillo.

Internet of Cities. City Data Sensing. Real-Time City.

We are currently engaged in exploring new models of dynamic cities.  In parallel to the evolution of the model “Internet of Things”, in which the micro computation is embedded in the design of objects, the model Internet of Cities is emerging: it consists in multiple interconnected layers – energy, mobility, information – as an example of one of its layers, the Internet of Energy. It proposes a new model of distributed generation and energy management based on info-energetic infrastructure. In the model, Internet of Cities, the computation is distributed in urban infrastructure, the deployment of sensing technology allows the monitoring of different urban, environmental, energy parameters. This technology produces a large amount of data (Big Data). The exploration and analysis of these data structures through the design of visualization systems (and interaction) which will allow us to reveal new dynamics of behavior in the city. Around the confluence between the city and data (Data Sensing City) emerges the concept Real-Time City, in which it explicits an evolutionary dimension, auto adaptive, dynamic in the informational systems that constitutes this new model of city, therefore citizens can change their patterns of behavior in relation to these information systems, creating a dynamic reconfiguration of the city.

How will it be, the evolution of cities in the Internet of Cities? Can Real-time City generate new forms of governance, participation, analysis and information management?

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Today we feature Open Energy Visualization by Fran Castillo.
The project is related to our recent researches about SMART HOUSINGREAL-TIME CITIES, and PARTICIPATORY SENSING

Open Energy aims to develop a platform to explore new systems of visualization and optimization for energy consumption, both in domestic and industrial environments.

The project has two dimensions: the first one, Energy Monitoring Device, investigates open hardware devices for monitoring power consumption and the second one, Open Energy Visualization (Data Visualization / Augmented Reality App – photo above), which explores new ways of real-time visualization power consumption in domestic environments.

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This post is the last of four posts about Participatory Sensing (projects and research) that we have been publishing weekly on Fridays in January.
In this post I’m introducing the Air Quality Egg project which is currently in process. It is designed for measuring air quality levels and it is being developed collaboratively in an open process by people all around the world.

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This post is the third of four posts about Participatory Sensing (projects and research) that we are publishing weekly on Fridays.
In this post I’m introducing two participatory sensing projects designed for measuring air quality levels and developed from different motivations and contexts.

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This post is the second of 4 posts about Participatory Sensing (projects and research) that we are publishing weekly on Fridays.
In this post I’m introducing relationships among citizens, sensors and data as preliminary stages towards participatory sensing projects in the context of smartcities.

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This post is the first of 4 posts about Participatory Sensing (projects and research) that are going to be published weekly for the next 4 Fridays.

In these posts I will share my research on participatory sensing, open data and smartcities that I started about 6 months ago.
The first post is about The data-citizen driven city project which I developed with César García, Jorge Medal and Sara Thomson on September 2011. With this project, produced by a multidisciplinary team consisting of an IT System Administrator, an Industrial Designer, an Artist and an Architect, I really started considering how data can empower communities and catalyze social change.

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