Chicago: City of Big Data, a new exhibition presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), reveals the potential of digital information to shape the design of the urban environment and the urban experience as a whole. The influence of urban data on architecture and urban planning is becoming more apparent every day, making data one of the most valuable materials of 21st century design.
In collaboration with CAF and the user interface design team from TruthLabs, SOM developed a 3D digital model and touch screen display that visualizes and allows users to interact with three different data sets: Twitter posts, Divvy bike-share usage, and City of Chicago 311 service requests. Through the visualization of these data sets, users are able identify patterns and develop insights related to key urban design issues such as livability, mobility, and resiliency.
The Chicago: City of Big Data exhibition is free and open daily to the public in CAF’s Atrium Gallery at 224 S. Michigan Avenue.