A project by Christian Marc Schmidt & Liangjie Xia

By revealing the social networks present within the urban environment, Invisible Cities describes a new kind of city—a city of the mind. It displays geocoded activity from online services such as Twitter and Flickr, both in real-time and in aggregate. Real-time activity is represented as individual nodes that appear whenever a message or image is posted. Aggregate activity is reflected in the underlying terrain: over time, the landscape warps as data is accrued, creating hills and valleys representing areas with high and low densities of data.

Invisible Cities maps information from one realm—online social networks—to another: an immersive, three dimensional space. In doing so, the piece creates a parallel experience to the physical urban environment. The interplay between the aggregate and the real-time recreates the kind of dynamics present within the physical world, where the city is both a vessel for and a product of human activity. It is ultimately a parallel city of intersections, discovery, and memory, and a medium for experiencing the physical environment anew.

Built with: Processing

Press:
18 Jan 2011 - Parsons Journal for Information Mapping - Invisible Cities: Representing Social Networks in an Urban Context
29 Sep 2010 - Taming Data - Invisible Urban Social Networks Made Visible
9 Sep 2010 - Visual Complexity - Invisible Cities
4 Aug 2010 - Digital Urban - Invisible, Hidden, Parallel Cities: Twitter Landscapes
4 Aug 2010 - NYTimes.com - The Danger, Boredom and Perks of Summer Work
28 Jul 2010 - Co.Design - Infographic of the Day: Twitter Conversations, Mapped in the Real World
28 Jul 2010 - DesignTAXI - ‘Invisible Cities’ Maps Social Networks onto 3D Maps
27 Jul 2010 - PSFK - Mapping Social Networks in A 3-D Environment
26 Jul 2010 - The Creators Project - Invisible Cities: Social Network Mapping Project
25 Jul 2010 - Creative Applications - Invisible Cities [Processing] - Mapping information from social networks to immersive 3D space

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