Interview on CityMetric

An interview on CityMetric by Aliide Naylor featuring the Baltigram project:

“What we try to do here is find the pictures in their spatial context. So we study the pictures in the city, in the urban environment,” says project lead Damiano Cerrone.  He added that positioning of people in their environment and their activities can be pinpointed to specific locations. ”Each single picture has a GPS location and we are capable of studying the activities.”

Upcoming metaMorphology Lab

This workshop used location-based social media data to unveil, map, and study the metamorphology of Turku. Participants relied on large datasets from Instagram, Twitter, and Airbnb to find meta-trends in the use of outdoor and indoor spaces and map activity patterns using geographic information software. They also carried out surveys to study the relation between urban amenities and the image of the place, to gain a new understanding the qualitative aspects of social practices and the narrative of urban spaces.

Visualising cities exhibition – UN Habitat III

One of our research reports, “A Sense of Place: Exploring the potentials and possible uses of Location Based Social Network Data for urban and transportation planning in Turku City Centre”, was selected for the UN Habitat III exhibition “Visualizing Cities” in Quito.

More information on Visualizing Cities from the UN Habitat III website.

The experience of the city

Hearing this I am reminded that in an age where we now value desirable experience over physical things, we must measure and understand the experience of places, as well as the environment. SPIN Unit’s pioneering work talks about this in terms of understanding the attractions of the ‘Invisible City’ as it is glimpsed in social media data allowing us to learn more about cities than we could have by analyzing their architecture alone.