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Weekly Roundup 098 – 06th to 13th January


UDC Weekly roundup‘Uber launches Movement, boon for urban planners’
Authored by Mihir Balantrapu

Uber has changed the way we move around over the last few years. It has given us access to easy and hassle free transportation at the touch of a button. It couldn’t get easier than that.

The other distinctive feature of this app is its plentiful usage of GPS navigation system, creating an ocean of a data pool when combined with the personal data of the rider.

What if we could get our hands on this data? It would create endless possibilities of movement predictions and give a better insight into the daily life patterns of the various socio-economic groups.

Uber has just opened this very treasure trove, giving access to anonymized data from over 2 billion trips to help improve urban planning around the world.

Such data is nothing less than gold for urban planners as it will enable them to make better, personalized decisions for policy making, as well as micro manage certain design and planning errors within a city.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by The Hindu.


‘Smart Cities- Transforming the 21st century city via the creative use of technology’
Published by Arup via Yumpu

In the present day cities, “smart technologies” are creating more efficient systems and better informed citizens. Now leading cities have started to push this concept further. They are exploring how smart cities can add value within a strategic framework. This will mean moving from departmental solutions to a city wide approach, creating economies of a wider scale and scope globally.

To exploit the potential of this technology to its maximum, cities need to develop an architecture in which technology can evolve, providing space for global players to create value and start ups to innovate. Also, citizens need to see the value in these services and have access to them through well designed interfaces and more initiatives by the government.

Hence, soon we shall be able to literally take the future of our cities in our very hands.

Read the publication here.


‘The Future of Our Spatial Experience’
Created by Sara Vrbinc

We live in a technology driven world and as a result have started experiencing our surroundings through different eyes- that of our smart phones. Our spatial experience and cognitive mapping no more relies only on the various nodes and landmarks along our way, but on the user interface design of our GPS navigation system. The design mediates between tech and people; it provides interface and enables interaction, but also takes responsibility of how the interface app might affect our cognitive performance.

This video is a part of an experimental project by a UI designer, Sara Vrbinc, which explores implications of emerging technologies, to enhance human cognitive capability, through more natural integration of digital interfaces into our physical lives.

About Arunima Agarwal

Designer. Traveler. Dreamer. Storyteller.


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