City of Sound is about cities, design, architecture, music, media, politics and more. Written by Dan Hill since 2001.

Searchscapes: Manhattan

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“Each person constructs his/her image of the city. This image is made out of facts, memories, experiences, stories, news – mostly invisible data, and not only of architecture, buildings and streets … “SEARCHSCAPES: MANHATTAN” is an attempt to create a tridimensional map of Manhattan, using existing data from the web. The objective is to compare the city’s “physical spaces” and “information spaces … Taking the metaphor very literally, a specific address is searched on Google (ex: “1 Broadway” + “New York, NY”). SUch a search will bring mostly results that correspond to this specific location. The total number of text results is parsed and then plotted on a map of the physical space. The height of the “building” on that location will correspond to the number of results found. More results will correspond to higher “information buildings”. This is an attempt to materialize information: to give it dimension, physicality. This project is an attempt to give “shape” to the data that we find on the Internet, but not “quantify”.”


[via Pete Marsh – thanks!]


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