Map-based services help your audience navigate and make sense of location-based information. Still, dumping your data on a map does not yet turn it into a service. These 10 questions help you create maps that add real value and win awards.
The past decade introduced urban activism as the best way to influence your surroundings. We believe the upcoming years will be about evidence-based activism—supporting your cause with datasets and numbers instead of rhetorics and manifests.
The total amount of digital information in the world is doubling every few years. We also have all the tools and techniques for turning the Exabytes of data into new ideas, products and services. The only thing left for you is to know when, where and how to do it.
We have high expectations for urban culture and happenings—they strengthen our sense of community, reclaim our cities and lower the bar for participation. Still, starting a successful urban movement is mainly about having a few basic things in check.
Ranking cities by their functionalities and characteristics has become a growing trend. For cities willing to rank higher, we propose an extended planning team focusing on social infrastructure and service design besides the physical environment.
Cities are launching more and more websites targeted for citizen participation. Instead of just creating new feedback forms, cities should rethink the whole concept of participation and how it should be facilitated both online and offline.
Technological advancements are transforming urban planning from an artistic endeavor towards a scientific discipline. As the focus is shifting from what we design to how we design, we need a more experimental approach towards new technology.