Projects developed within the VISUALIZAR'08: DATABASE CITY workshop

Desde 18/11/2008 07:11 hasta 04/01/2009 12:01

After the experience of VISUALIZAR's first edition on November 2007, where the social, cultural, political, artistic and scientific possibilities of data visualization were tackled, VISUALIZAR 2008 is focused on the city context. Urban environments, which are becoming increasingly dense, complex and diverse, are one of contemporary society’s largest “databases”, daily generating volumes of information that require new methods of analysis and understanding.

In this international workshop, directed by José Luis de Vicente, seven proposals have been developed. Thay can be seen at Medialab-Prado until January 11.

Workshop tutors: Bestiario, Fabien Girardin, Aaron Meyers

Lectures:  Adam Greenfield, José Luis de Vicente, Juan Freire, Fabien Girardin, Bestiario

Assistants: Steven Pickles (Pix), Martín Nadal



In the Air

by Nerea Calvillo

with: Guillermo Ramirez,  Carlota Pascual, Greg J. Smith, Victor Viña, Raphaël de Staël, Paco González, Miguel Vidal, Susanna Tesconi, Sandra Fernandez 

 In the Air

The project aims to make visible the microscopic and invisible agents of Madrid's air (gases, particles, pollen, diseases, etc) to see how they perform, react and interact with the rest of the city. With 3d modeling tools we will build up the space they generate for an on-line dynamic model, where through data crossing behavior patterns will emerge. The results of these analysis will feed a physical prototype of what we have called a “diffuse façade” a massive indicator of the air´s components through a changing cloud, blurring architecture with the atmosphere it has invaded and mediating with the human bodies it surrounds.

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by Writing Academic English (Marco Quaggiotto, Donato Ricci, Gaia Scagnetti, Giorgio Caviglia

with: Michele Graffieti, Samuel Granados Lopez, Daniele Guido

WAE: Murmur

Visualising the media attention to the urban space, street by streets. Official news, blog and personal website, thematic media will be monitored to generated maps that highlight the pattern of perceptions on the urban space. This mapping will lead to the creation of an atlas that will monitor in time the changing perception of the city areas. The atlas will produce different dynamic visualizations based on themes, sources and time. 

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Much Ado About Nothing

by Iván Huelves Illas

with: Martín Nadal, Cecilia Villarroel

Huelves: Much Ado About Nothing

Noise pollution is a problem that thousands of Madrid residents live with daily. Recently, in 2006, a first step was taken toward a possible solution with the creation by the Madrid City Government of noise maps by district. However, that information still needs to be made simply and clearly accessible to all residents.
This project proposes to create an interactive tool that makes it possible to consult our city’s noise level on the Web. Through this map, you can have direct access to the noise level in decibels on your street.

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More info at the wiki



by Marina Rocarols y Enrique Soriano

with: Pep (Tornabell), Theodore Molloy, Branislava Kovacevic, Margot Brejon


The recent implementation and success of Bicing in Barcelona suggests the possibility of studying its impact on the city via mass data processing tools.

This project aims to trace the uses of this complex system of 400 stations and 6,000 bicycles to extract patterns of diverse periodicity that serve as a tool to read it and for the potential implementation of a similar system in other cities.

More info at the wiki


Lazarillo GPS

by Carolina Paola Caluori Funes

with: Laura Boffi, Marie Polakova, Roberto Ranon, Branislava Kovacevic, Sandra Fernández, Nicholas Wright, Susanna Tesconi Angel Polo , Amanda y Carlos de la asociación Debajo del Sombrero.

lazarillo gps

This project proposes a way to map out areas of cultural interest in Madrid, to be used by the disabled. We will work with disabled people who will take GPS receivers along various tourist routes and provide information on which areas are accessible to them and which are not, due to architectural barriers.Go t

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Ecovisualizacion- Ecoanalogizacion: Modelo de Ciudad Biocentrico

by Francisco Castillo

with: Elena Moron, Roberto Theron, Martin Nada, Jorge Matamoros

Fran Castillo: Ecovisualización[EV]

Eco-visualization[EV] aims to provide dynamic visualization of invisible variables of environmental information and hormonally active synthetic agents such as synthetic chemical substances, neurotoxins, DDT, PCBs, dioxins, bisphenol-A (BPA), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), octilphenol (OP), asbestos, CFCs, etc., as well as the associated effects on human and non-human organisms. It will be carried out through the construction of a biocentric digital system and the physical presentation of this information in urban space.

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Cartografía del estrecho 2.0

Indymedia Estrecho (Lot, Alejandro, Pablo, Osfa) and collaborators (Nicolas Wright and Joaquín Sanchez), Azahara Zapata, Begoña Gassó, Carmen Torrecillas, Elena Rivas

Cartografía del estrecho

This project is a continuation of the Cartografía Crítica del Estrecho de Gibraltar (Critical Cartography of the Strait of Gibraltar) carried out in 2004 by, Indymedia Estrecho and associates/collaborators.

The proposed development is the visualization of migratory, economic, political and cultural flows through the territory-border comprising the south of Europe and the north of Africa, in an augmented reality environment.


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With the support of Madri+d

fecyt   ministerio ciencia y tecnologia

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