The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


CASA Working Paper 151


1 December 2009

UrbanDiary - A Tracking Project

This working paper investigates aspects of time in an urban environment, specifically the cycles and routines of everyday life in the city. As part of the UrbanDiary project (urbantick.blogspot.com), we explore a preliminary study to trace citizen's spatial habits in individual movement utilising GPS devices with the aim of capturing the beat and rhythm of the city. The data collected includes time and location, to visualise individual activity, along with a series of personal statements on how individuals 'use' and experience the city.

In this paper, the intent is to explore the context of the UrbanDiary project as well as examine the methodology and technical aspects of tracking with a focus on the comparison of different visualisation techniques. We conclude with a visualisation of the collected data, specifically where the aspect of time is developed and explored so that we might outline a new approach to visualising the city in the sense of a collective, constantly renewed space.

This working paper is available as a PDF. The file size is 1.89MB.

Authors: Fabian Neuhaus

Publication Date: 1/12/2009

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