Tuesdays 2:30pm-7pm, Start: 24 Oct 2017
The proliferation of new urban services and sensors gives rise to unprecedented volumes of data that increasingly shape our perception of the urban environment. Algorithms have already started to influence the way we move and meet in the city. This course is devoted to the visual analysis of urban data with the goal to engage in creative and critical reflections about the role that maps and apps play in the everyday experience of cities. Information visualization is already used in many fields such as science, arts, humanities, and journalism, where it is associated with the promise to make complex phenomena appear engaging, accessible, and attractive. However, visualizations can also obscure or misrepresent certain aspects of a phenomenon. The aim of the course is to examine the rhetorical potential of representing relevant dimensions of cities through data visualization: How can seeing the city in new light lead to changes in personal, professional, or political decision-making?
Taking the city as the subject matter, this course provides an introduction to the methods of information visualization, in particular the visual and interactive representation of complex data. During lectures, the fundamentals of information visualization will be covered such as mapping data to visual variables, the role that interactivity can play, and techniques for visualizing temporal, geospatial, multidimensional, relational and textual data. Tutorials will complement the theoretical inputs with practical activities and assignments. Students will apply general principles to specific visualization designs in relation to urban phenomena through a few small assignments and a larger semester project.
Together with the course “Experimentelle Kartografie” (Prof. Myriel Milicevic) workshops, presentations, and a symposium with guest speakers are planned.
Please note: The language of teaching for this course is English. All communication during the seminars as well as literature and auxiliary materials will be in English.