SENSEable City Moscow

19.01.2012, 15:37

Research work is well under way. The students are gathering information on their topics, working with their directors on methodologies and long- and short-term goals. Carlo Ratti, director of the SENSEable city theme, and the supervisors Assaf Biderman, Dennis Frenchman and Dasha Paramonova tell us about the plan for their research team and the tasks they’ve given the students so far:

«Right now the students are developing the first part of the Senseable Moscow project. It has to be an analysis of the city based on the open sources data like Flickr, Facebook, and etc. These recently appeared technologies became another layer of the city, which in turn could reveal and describe specific processes and phenomena that are taking place in Moscow. At the beginning of February, there has to be a small guidebook on virtual Moscow. By now there are four main topics: Empowerment/Politics — on technologies as catalysts, Slow Motion – on the speed of services, Tourist Friendly City, and Illegal Moscow — on taboos and illegal activity in virtual Moscow.

Most of the students have previous experience in research, but mainly connected with their universities. In our team, we have people with background in Cultural Studies, Sociology, Architecture, Visualization and Urban Planning. Students with non-architectural education should help to establish connection between technology and architecture.

Before the midterm, the students have to analyze the city and extract certain spheres where technology could be applied. Besides this, they have to collect data by using contemporary sources such as user generated content. After the midterm, the students will start to develop their own design proposals for an intervention in the city based on modern technologies».