Mapping the live status of Chicago bike stations

It’s taken some time for me to get to grips with Processing, but finally I am getting somewhere with it and even starting to enjoy it. Creating basic shapes and data animations is not a problem, but things get trickier once you introduce geographic context to it. I wanted to show the live status of…

Watercolor cityscape by artist Elena Romanova

Sensory overload in the city

Recently I have been pondering about whether being constantly bombarded with advertising and other ‘signals’ in urban environment has an effect on our sense of wellbeing. As cities and city populations grow, density and the volume of sensory signals in cities grow as well. Individual’s personal space decreases in public spaces and our senses are…

Demonstrating the Twitter effect

A Finnish idiom “Who is going to lift a cat’s tail if the cat doesn’t do it itself”, means that you have to do your own promotion because most likely nobody else will do it for you. Therefore, let me do some blatant self promotion: I’ve had a graph in a book! Admittedly, it is…

Beehives in central London

Are there too many beehives in London?

For the last couple of weeks I have been busy mapping bee colonies in central London. The idea for this topic came from reading news articles expressing concern that the increasingly popular hobby of urban beekeeping is resulting in too many bees in London. How do we know if there are too many bees? I…

London rooftops

Indiana Jones and the hunt for London land type data

After days of watching Indiana Jones, Die Hard and other traditional Christmas season action films I am ready to continue my GIS coursework on mapping and analysing bee colonies’ sustainability in central London which has not been completely smooth sailing. So far I have not been able to turn the Open Street Map data to…