Abstract Urban Topographies – Data Mapping # 2
Posted by rbnd1 on 22/08/2012
Composite geo-spatial datascapes, in which invisible characteristics of the urban/rural landscape are attached to physical topographical information, have become increasingly prevalent in our attempts to understand the flows and processes that accord further definition of our environment and, indeed, its experiential qualities. This project, developed by Robin Burek, utilised Ordnance Survey grids and the points therein to take a series of data readings in order to determine Wifi signals, 3G and cellular signal strength. By taking GIS readings at each survey point this data was then mapped as a new thermo-terrain within the defined field and superimposed upon one another to create an overall topography of network connectivity. This was in the context of Huddersfield promoting itself as a home for new digital industries. The results were used to inform site selection and programme definition for a masterplan based on sustainable transport infrastructure and integrated urban development.