We sat for an interview with ITMO University News on how social media and their users’ social networks have an effect on urban life, and how exploring these factors can enhance planners’ understanding of the city.
A new interview on Deep Baltic where we talk about the way we look at city and how we developed the SPIN Unit model.
“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.”
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.
The Baltigram SPIN Unit project being discussed on Deep Baltic, an online magazine on travel and culture articles relating to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
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.
Combining art and science to visualise Talsinki, the Tallinn-Helsinki twin city region, for “Parallel Cities” by Jörn Frenzel and Regina Viljasaar.
Dear colleagues and friends
I would like to invite you and your students to the Meta-morphology summer-school Lab at the Science and Technology Studies Center at European University at St. Petersburg – 17-30 August 2016.
Today SPIN Unit released the Baltigram project, a project originally commissioned for Baltic Pavilion of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale developed together with Prof. Lev Manovich and Raul Kalvo. More about the project can be found on SPIN Unit.
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.