Designing the Urban Interface


Data has long been a powerful force in the shaping of cities but only recently has its collection and analysis become widespread. Urban data is typically displayed and analyzed in two dimensions, however, we experience the city in three dimensions. As architects we are uniquely suited to design the interface by which people will interact with data and the city in. We are developing a three dimensional interface to visualize and analyze city data. From this platform  we can build augmented reality smartphone apps for overlaying data on buildings to real time shadow casting for impact analysis and way-finding.

Designed as a platform for the bridging of information and analysis, KPFui aims to widen literacy of urban data to not only the builders of the city, but its citizens and users. Successful cities are the manifestation of a massive collective work, each brick considered for its impact and contribution to the whole. KPFui brings together data to show the granularity of the city, making tangible the position of any piece in the whole, and the shock of the new.

The work shown above is the result of research and development conducted by KPFui in collaboration with The Visualization and Data Analytics (ViDA) lab at the NYU School of Computer Science and Engineering.