I just started reading two books by Richard Florida, an urban studies theorist focusing on social and economic changes within urban areas.
His proclamation of an elite creative class in his 2002 title “The Rise of the Creative Class” might be a controversial one, but Richard Florida is willing to discuss many of the issues people are having with his theory. For anyone interested, there also is a book called “Weird City” discussing Florida’s influence on urban planning.
I am currently reading the revisited edition of Florida’s book, published in 2012.
Another more recent book is “Who’s Your City?”, where Florida elaborates on locational preferences of people and companies in urban settings.
It is more of a guidance book for making the decision on where to live but it still is worth reading and provides compelling insight in the importance of the “place to be”.
Topography, architecture and traffic routes give every city a unique structure.
These conditions create the typical and individual inner structure of a city.
I didn’t only want to show these structures in the conventional way from above, but also including the exact three-dimensionality of topography and buildings – a real world visualisation.
The OpenStreetMap data enabled me to visualize the satellite-based information using DEM Earth in Cinema 4D. The results are some extraordinary views of large capitals and small towns.
A great example of convincing visual storytelling and data journalism
This is an impressive data driven story about airbnb accommodations in Berlin and its correlations with the local real estate market, rents and affordable housing.
Die Mieten in Berlin steigen. Das hat viele Gründe. »Sharing Economy« Portale wie Airbnb locken Touristen und sind ein lohnenswertes Geschäft. Tragen sie eine Mitschuld an der Verknappung von bezahlbarem Wohnraum? Die Diskussion ist in vollem Gange und die Meinungen sind polarisiert. Doch wer hat Recht? Ein Blick auf die Daten verrät mehr.
It is a student project at FH Potsdam within the course “From Reading to Exploring” at the design faculty. The students composed a great article with lots of interactions, high information density and context around facts like local hotspots, average rents, networks and correlations with the hotel industry etc.
The café tries to be authentic to the 1950s, from the waiter’s clothes to the dishes and offerings. The Kalte Schnauze is of particular awesomeness. So try it out and join them on facebook if you like.