With SPIN Unit we developed a method and a prototype to measure the perception of cities at night. Perception and vision is fundamental to way finding and social activities in urban space. By mapping nighttime perception we can rebuild not a model but an actual sensorial representation of our cities for the re-appropriation of public spaces at nighttime.
We noticed that the level of accessibility of urban spaces decreases with the distance from the city centre and is directly correlated with the level of public illumination.
“While this may seem obvious, we should ask ourselves what is the cause and what the consequence. Can we improve accessibility by improving the quality of public illumination?”