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Event track:
Data & Visualization

Besides being the place where environmental and social crises are caused, cities are increasingly recognized as the primary place where transformative solutions can be devised and implemented. The most promising approaches require cross-sectorial thinking that acknowledges the interconnectedness of various urban dimensions - from the physical infrastructure to the social dynamics. To make sense of the complexity of cities we need innovative methods for drawing them visible to help researchers, stakeholders, decision-makers and citizens envision and plan for sustainable futures.

In the lead-up to Habitat III, we ran an open call for visualizations to find new ways of exploring cities and sustainable futures. Submissions included a broad range of projects that mapped cities along various layers of urban fabrics around the world. In this presentation we'll give an overview of the emerging area of urban data visualization and present results of the open call that has gathered over 100 submissions by research groups, designers and city administrations from around the world. We wish to discuss how we can move this field forward and grow a community of city visualizers.

Marian Dörk Urban Complexity Lab, Urban Futures Institute for Applied Research, FH Potsdam
Owen Gaffney Future Earth Media Lab, Stockholm Resilience Centre


Where to find us

The exhibition will take place at the National Assembly, 300 meters from Parque del Arbolito and the main conference venue, La Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana “Benjamin Carrion.”

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Image Credits:
Header image is a modified and cropped version of Old town of Quito by Simon Matzinger under CC - Some rights reserved.
Header image is a modified and cropped version of And when I go there, I go there with you... by Scipio under CC NC - Some rights reserved. Areal Photography via USGS's Landsat program, through the earth explorer interface.