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.(more…)
“I think I’ll call it morning” is playing while the toast is turning crispy and brown. A rich man, probably indian, shows up in front of his window and drinks his coffee. He lays his mug on the marble top and with slow gestures he sets his cufflinks. Our gazes meet for a fraction of second and his girl in nightgown comes from behind to fold his white collar. I turn around, zip up my hoodie and leave the house with the toast in my mouth. There are several travel options to Varick st. but I always chose the long one, heading east while the office is norht-west, but here is Chinatown and that’s where I want to be having my breakfast.
Forty minutes to boarding and there is a line of about fifteen people standing to be first in a game where if you win or lose, you still get the same seat number. As more people join “the cue of back-pain” I drink this overpriced squeezed orange juice that taste like pith and think about this new series of articles I’ll write for SIRP names “I ate it here” as tribute to Spider Jerusalem’s column The Word. Yet this is not about the city and politics but the city and the food in the form of simply short travel notes.
Last week I was in San Diego to receive the ESRI Young Scholar Award. The prize was given for the maps he designed in the research project A Sense of Place, commissioned by the City of Turku.
Aracne Editrice has just published our report on the Italian drosscapes. My research focused on finding and studying the relations between spatial integration and the accumulation of waste or informal activities that generate pollutants.(more…)