Hans Rosling is known as a data visualization guru, for his complex research of global economic development patterns and his striking ability to clearly explain those patterns, and for his role in developing sophisticated data visualization software. He is also – lest we overlook this – a master storyteller. His skill at using complicated software [...]
I’ve lately been excited by the concept of the senseable city (a term I’m borrowing from MIT). Being able to measure and visualize the intangible rhythms and pulses of a city can be incredibly powerful. As mobile devices are becoming more pervasive, and embeddable sensors cheaper, we have richer amounts of data at our disposal. [...]
So why would a planner bring fancy technology into a group mapping exercise at all? It is important to think about technology from the perspective of what we can accomplish with the simplest of materials and then think about what’s missing (a.k.a. the appropriate technology approach planning). Often the answer is “not much” and therefore you should keep it simple and keep it low tech.
So what’s the holy grail of high touch/high tech decision making? Click read more for some quick thoughts.
AnyWare is a project I’ve been working on closely for a while at PlaceMatters. It is a web-based tool to brainstorm and evaluate ideas both in real time and over periods of time by large groups of people. It is a definite work in progress, but we are ready to begin letting a certain set of users [...]
The iPad’s unique form factor opens up more possibilities for planning and civic engagement applications that can engage people in a mobile environment. The iPad is less like a laptop and more like a “window on the world,” which can be held up to view, record and interact with place in ways that laptops and [...]
Arthur C. Clarke once said that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” PlaceMatters has recently been using and demonstrating some innovative and low-cost touch-tables and electronic whiteboards. Our audiences and partners are excited to use this intuitive interface. Inspired in part by Johnnie Chung Lee’s TED.com talk, we have been using these tools [...]