Archinect - News 2014-09-16T00:59:10-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/104720996/mapping-the-city-statistic-by-statistic Mapping the city, statistic by statistic Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T17:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:44:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r2/r2d81ebjgjvrsdvy.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The map, one of the central elements of navigation, has expanded in capability since the form has been translated to digital. Case in point, the MIT Media Lab&rsquo;s &ldquo;You Are Here&rdquo; project is a collection of maps that visualize a variety of datasets over space. Things from bike accidents to coffee shops, graffiti reports, and transit connectivity are all laid out, using a variety of open data and other online resources, such as Google&rsquo;s map directions services API.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Direct link to <a href="http://youarehere.cc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You Are Here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101167408/creating-a-universal-language-for-city-data Creating a universal language for city data Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-05T15:28:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T20:22:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cddb56585e8b8e3396f9447f8f6b7bdc.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City policymakers will have objective standards to compare their services and performance with other cities around the world. And just as significant, the people of cities &mdash; civic, business organizations, ordinary citizens &mdash; will be able to access the same new global standards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is a big, global deal. The <a href="http://www.iso.org/iso/home.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Organization for Standardization</a>, based in Geneva, has issued a list of standards dictating the precise kind of data cities should be collecting, to gauge performance and character. Previously, comparisons between supposedly identical data points in different cities was not guaranteed to be "apples to apples". For example, one city's definition of "unemployment" being more restrictive than another's, making rankings faulty and discrediting performance grades.</p><p>View the <a href="http://citiscope.org/story/2014/here-are-46-performance-measures-worlds-cities-will-be-judged" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">46 indicators for cities to report on</a>, that will place them in line with the new ISO standards.</p><p>Regarding comparisons between cities, rigorously investigating the exact definition of any data sounds like an obvious consideration, but with the earnest and speedy surge in city's data collection, "more" seems to have been the optimal word, and not "stricter". In 2008, when the <a href="http://www.cityindicators.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Cities Indicators Facility at the University of Toronto</a> compared ranking metrics for seven world...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99764488/biking-to-work-in-the-u-s-has-increased-60-over-last-decade Biking to work in the U.S. has increased 60% over last decade Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-14T13:14:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:34:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6f8909527c667c7ee74bd2ed8e77a065.jpg" width="300" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many U.S. cities are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. Nationwide, the number of people who traveled to work by bike increased roughly 60 percent over the last decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 during the 2008-2012 period. This is the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you're feeling wonky, you can read the full U.S. Census Bureau report <a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/acs-25.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. It's the Census Bureau's first report to focus entirely on biking and walking to work, with statistics since 1990.</p><p>You can also explore commuting statistics for every U.S. neighborhood in the Bureau's <a href="http://www.census.gov/censusexplorer/censusexplorer-commuting.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Census Explorer</a>, an interactive map that breaks down commuting by commuter age, census tract, type of transportation, and total time.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98901674/how-helsinki-mashed-up-open-data-with-regionalism How Helsinki mashed up “open data” with regionalism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-29T15:27:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T23:18:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/2139cf27c33a0064dbce1bb9a2a0760f.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For more than a century, [Helsinki] has funded its own statistics bureaus to keep data on the population, businesses, building permits, and most other things you can think of. [...] Helsinki and three of its neighboring cities are now banding together... Through an entity called Helsinki Region Infoshare, they are bringing together their data so that a fuller picture of the metro area can come into view.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As city governments become stronger drivers of infrastructural change, and the idea of a "connected city" becomes imminent, cities must learn how to manage and wield the vast amount of data collected. Parallel developments in city demographics, creating stronger links between cities within a larger region, means that more people are contributing to and relying on that data. Making it comprehensive and&nbsp;accessible to all is the obvious (and necessary) next step.</p><p>To access data for both Helsinki and its greater regional area, check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hel.fi/hki/tieke/en/etusivu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Helsinki Urban Facts</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hri.fi/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Region Infoshare</a>&nbsp;(both websites in English).</p><p>Related: A <a href="http://us-city.census.okfn.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">survey</a>&nbsp;released earlier this month ranks U.S. cities on how accessible their data is, whether or not they have an <a href="https://okfn.org/opendata/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">open data</a> policy. Perhaps not surprisingly, San Francisco is ranked as #1.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98840693/world-s-largest-quantified-community-being-developed-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards World's largest "quantified community" being developed in NYC's Hudson Yards Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-28T14:17:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:13:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/2155cd5cd4c8f695603c2e6367b1fb0c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When all stages are completed, the 65,000 people daily who pass through the Hudson Yards&rsquo; office towers, residences, shops, restaurants, hotel, public school, and public open space will contribute to a massive stream of data intended to help answer the big questions about how cities of the future should be managed. [...] &ldquo;It really started from the question: If we could know anything about the city, what would we want to know and how could we do a better job at measuring the pace of life?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98610951/quantifying-community-hudson-yards-to-partner-with-nyu-s-cusp Quantifying Community: Hudson Yards to Partner with NYU’s CUSP Alexander Walter 2014-04-24T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:26:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17e06d4ce00470f6b52430b4b69f4c22.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What is said to be the largest private real estate development in US history is set to become the country&rsquo;s first &ldquo;quantified community&rdquo; as well. Hudson Yards, a 17 million-square foot [...] development on the far west side of Manhattan, will be embedded with technology to monitor environmental conditions, energy production and usage, and traffic flows among its soon to rise towers. The developers are partnering with New York University&rsquo;s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/95575308/hippies-craftsmen-and-sociologists-learning-by-doing-at-the-farm-examines-radical-education-in-1960s-southern-california Hippies, craftsmen, and sociologists: "Learning by Doing at the Farm" examines radical education in 1960s southern California Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-14T11:07:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T05:49:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zm/zm15j55hmaaqris8.jpg" width="514" height="692" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s easy to forget that Irvine, the minutely planned southern California city awash in tract housing and shopping complexes, was regarded as a pretty radical place at the time of its 1971 incorporation. Almost entirely ranchland up until the mid-1900s, the area that would become Irvine jump-started its urban development as the egg-white to the University of California&rsquo;s yolk. Looking for land to accommodate expanding enrollment, the UC bought a large chunk of dusty land owned by the Irvine Company to establish a new campus, adding&nbsp; surrounding territory for residential and commercial development. The school isn&rsquo;t named after the city -- both are named after the Irvine Company. City and campus were master-planned by architect William Pereira, and the University opened in 1965, still largely unfinished but marked by Pereira&rsquo;s concrete brutalism and Olmsted&rsquo;s New York Central Park plan.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rbhma74x80ui1bdl.jpg"></p><p>In the era of this extremely young urban territory, beginning in 1968, UC Irvine began an experiment...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88063918/healthcare-gov-aside-government-and-tech-are-starting-to-get-along Healthcare.gov aside, government and tech are starting to get along Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-04T15:00:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:16:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ih/ihwdk5hfdfnvo4pp.jpg" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the intersection of these two domains &ndash; technology and civic life &ndash; a small and fascinating sector has been taking root for the last few years. [...] Together, these types of companies and organizations have loosely come to define "civic tech" &ndash; and the potential for a future where technology finally, seamlessly, significantly alters how we relate to government and our neighbors.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Not without its growing pains, the U.S. government is slowly learning to effectively use technology to connect to its citizens. The expanding field of "civic-tech" focuses on the sharing and distillation of government data, to grease the bureaucratic wheels and ramp up personal civic engagement.</p> <p> Explore the world of civic tech with <a href="http://www.knightfoundation.org/features/civictech/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this interactive network map</a>, courtesy of the Knight Foundation.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87936145/every-pool-in-los-angeles-mapped Every pool in Los Angeles, mapped Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-03T11:22:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:32:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/my/mye64q4s71jhtg4u.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two academics wondered about the number of swimming pools in the L.A. Basin. They got their answer with computer mapping, but [...] along the way, they discovered something more than just the real-world versions of the iconic David Hockney pool utopias. Their project also proved that two non-experts were able to take a massive amount of freely available data to peek into other people's lives.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/85370662/dataappeal-s-new-app-helps-turn-data-into-3d-images DataAppeal's new app helps turn data into 3D images Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-30T14:53:00-04:00 >2013-10-31T13:51:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w1/w1rb13l7kiuozx2c.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>DataAppeal&rsquo;s newest release allows our 3D data-maps to be imported into other 3D modeling and vector-based software programs including AutoCAD, Sketch Up and 3ds Max.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A vast improvement from histograms and scatter plots, data analytics and visualization company <a href="http://www.dataappeal.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DataAppeal</a>&nbsp;now enables its users to export their data into other modeling softwares.&nbsp;DataAppeal's Nadia Amoroso (featured in Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/71075299/working-out-of-the-box-nadia-amoroso" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>&nbsp;back in April) told Archinect that this will essentially make the data appear more lively, consequently making it easier to understand and more impactful.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/azq3pmbvk18b0kyu.jpg" title=""><br><em>3D printing done by &ldquo;Draft Print 3D&rdquo; Toronto-based company</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84756607/copenhagenize-your-bike-with-mit-s-copenhagen-wheel Copenhagenize your bike with MIT's Copenhagen Wheel Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-22T13:56:00-04:00 >2013-11-11T11:46:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kd/kd0xdwybz3qv36jd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Superpedestrian, a start-up in Boston, announced on Monday that it has received $2.1 million in financing to help build a wheel that transforms some standard bicycles into hybrid e-bikes. The product, the Copenhagen Wheel, is a design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology SENSEable City Laboratory. The original goal of the wheel was to entice more people to more bicycles in large cities in lieu of cars by giving them help from a motor.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Initially presented at the <a href="http://web.mit.edu/press/2009/copenhagen-wheel.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change</a> in 2009, <a href="http://senseable.mit.edu/copenhagenwheel/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SENSEeable City Lab</a>'s<em>&nbsp;Copenhagen Wheel&nbsp;</em>will soon be produced through Boston start-up <a href="http://superpedestrian.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Superpedestrian</a>. Rather than buying a whole new bike or installing a cumbersome motor, the&nbsp;<em>Copenhagen Wheel</em> can be adapted onto most regular bikes, and will be comparable in price to most e-bikes. The wheel can be synced with the rider's iPhone to collect transit data, both for the benefit of the rider keeping tabs on exercise and commute regimens, and for the benefit of the city -- riders can choose to anonymously share data with their local government, aiding the improvement of cycling infrastructure and traffic management.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/26207453/urban-planning-in-the-iphone-age Urban Planning in the iPhone Age Archinect 2011-11-03T20:30:57-04:00 >2011-11-11T05:13:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zk/zkkl2fy8bjphvvyk.jpg" width="514" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the next wave of mobile applications do more than that&mdash;they collect massive amounts of data about how people live, where they travel and what they want to see in their neighborhoods. And they connect all of that with the officials in position to make decisions. Apps, in other words, offer potential solutions for two of the trickiest parts of the urban planner's job: sharing data and engaging citizens.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/13936063/where-the-world-s-data-is-stored Where the World’s Data Is Stored Archinect 2011-07-19T15:43:39-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <em><p>The world&rsquo;s largest data center sits in Gothic revival splendor just a couple of miles south of Chicago&rsquo;s downtown Loop in a former R. R. Donnelly printing plant. I happened to walk past the center a year ago and was impressed by the scale of the building and the serenity of the setting...</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19d594bf43aa47e5de28f659c8f5654f.jpg"></p> <p> [<a href="http://mozy.com/infographics/where-is-the-worlds-data-stored" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Via Mozy</a>]</p>