Urban Design London
Tech Innovation Workshop
As SpinUnit we went to London to deliver a workshop on Urban MetaMorphology in cooperation with Urban Design London and Nordkapp. The workshop was delivered on the 5th September 2015. We looked at the redesign of the kings cross development and analysed the social media data of this geolocation prior, during and after the intervention in order to understand the impact, the successfulness and quality of the transformation of the urban space. We taught participants to work with and use location-based social media data to carry out GIS surveys and observation-based spatio-temporal analyses of activity patterns in King’s Cross, London. The workshop focussed in particular on Instagram data. Participants were divided into two groups: one used geolocated Instagram pictures to analyse spatio-temporal patterns in GIS, while the other will carried out a qualitative analysis on a sample of Instagram pictures originally taken in a selection of public spaces. Together, the two groups investigated the relation between the digital and physical landscapes, while highlighting the relevance of location-based social networks for urban and transportation planning. The data analysed during the workshop helped us to understand the renewal process the King’s Cross area of London is going through. Moving from a former industrial site to a fashionable new centre for arts and culture. While providing a commercial opportunity for the area fostering social and economic activities. The aim of the workshop was to show participants how online data can make sense in the offline world. We had lectures and discussions about the intersection of the digital footprint of an urban area and the physical planning implications. Participants from all over the world attended the workshop and we closely collaborated with Sami Niemela from Norkapp a renowned design firm that has worked on the digital interfaces within the urban realm to trace and track human behaviour and explore the integration of the digital world into the physical world.