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4D Hyperlocal: A Cultural Toolkit for the Open-Source City




4D Hyperlocal: A Cultural Toolkit for the Open-Source City

Lucy Bullivant (Guest Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-09712-9 January 2017 144 Pages


4D Hyperlocal: A Cultural Tool Kit for the Open-source City

The evolution of digital tools is revolutionising urban design, planning and community engagement. This is enabling a new ‘hyperlocal’ mode of design made possible by geolocation technologies and GPS-enabled mobile devices that support connectivity through open-source applications. Real-time analysis of environments and individuals’ input and feedback bring a new immediacy and responsiveness. Established linear design methods are being replaced by adaptable mapping processes, real-time data streams and experiential means, fostering more dynamic spatial analysis and public feedback. This shifts the emphasis in urban design from the creation of objects and spaces to collaboration with users, and from centralised to distributed participatory systems.

Hyperlocal tools foster dynamic relational spatial analysis, making their deployment in urban and rural contexts challenged by transformation particularly significant. How can hyperlocal methods, solutions – including enterprise-driven uses of technology for bioclimatic design – and contexts influence each other and support the evolution of participatory architectural design? What issues, for example, arise from using real-time data to test scenarios and shape environments through 3D digital visualisation and simulation methods? What are the advantages of using GIS – with its integrative and visualising capacities and relational, flexible definition of scale – with GPS for multi-scalar mapping?

 Contributors: Saskia Beer, Moritz Behrens, John Bingham-Hall, Mark Burry, Will Gowland and Samantha Lee, Adam Greenfield, Usman Haque, Bess Krietemeyer, Laura Kurgan, Lev Manovich and Agustin Indaco, Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto, Raffaele Pe, José Luis de Vicente, Martijn de Waal, Michiel de Lange and Matthijs Bouw, Katharine Willis, and Alejandro Zaera-Polo.

 Featured architects and designers: AZPML, ecoLogicStudio, Foster + Partners, Interactive Design and Visualization Lab/Syracuse University Center of Excellence for Environmental Energy Systems, Software Studies Initiative/City University of New York (CUNY), Spatial Information Design Lab/Columbia University, Umbrellium, and Universal Assembly Unit.

About the Guest-Editor 05
Lucy Bullivant

Introduction The Hyperlocal

Less Smart City, More Shared Social Value 06
Lucy Bullivant

Practices of the Minimum Viable Utopia 16
Adam Greenfield

The Posthuman City

Imminent Urban Commons 26
Alejandro Zaera-Polo

Projective Empowerment

Co-creative Sustainable Design Processes 36
Bess Krietemeyer

Biodigital Design Workflows

ecoLogicStudio’s Solana Open Aviary in Ulcinj, Montenegro 44
Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto

From Citizen Participation to Real Ownership

Driving the Regeneration of Amsterdam’s Amstel3 District 58
Saskia Beer

Imagined Community and Networked Hyperlocal Publics 64
John Bingham-Hall

The Hackable City

Citymaking in a Platform Society 50
Martijn de Waal, Michiel de Lange and Matthijs Bouw

Conflict Urbanism, Aleppo

Mapping Urban Damage 72
Laura Kurgan

Suburban Resonance in Segrate, Milan

The Language of Locative Media in Defining Urban Sensitivity 78
Raffaele Pe


Citizen Empowerment Through Cultural Infrastructure 86
Usman Haque

Digital Neighourhoods

Hyperlocal Village Hubs in Rural Communities 92
Katharine Willis

Sentiment Architectures as Vehicles for Participation 98
Moritz Behrens

4D Hyperlocal Would Like to Use Your Current Location 104
Will Gowland and Samantha Lee

The Image of a Data City

Studying the Hyperlocal with Social Media 110
Lev Manovich and Agustin Indaco


Foursquare and the Rich Annotated Topology of Citizen-Generated Hyperlocal Data 118
José Luis de Vicente

Counterpoint Tell 'Em They're Dreamin' 126
Mark Burry

Contributors 134