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Posted by on Jan 7, 2011 in Featured Maps, London, Visualisation | 4 comments

Boris Bikes/Barclays Cycle Hire Average Journey Times

Boris Bikes/Barclays Cycle Hire Average Journey Times

The visualisation above shows the average relative duration of Boris Bikers’ weekday journeys over a 4 month period at hourly intervals. For each time step the average journey time (in seconds) from each docking station has been calculated.This information is interesting because it shows the preference for short journeys around the City of London, whilst people on the outskirts of the the scheme (especially to the west) take longer journeys. I also like the the fact that journey times around Soho and the West End are longest around 23:00- perhaps correlating with the number of after-work drinks consumed. In one visualisation you get to see the changes in the cyclists behaviour- from the early morning commuters through to the late night cruisers The data come from Transport for London’s recent release of 1.4 million Barclays Cycle Hire journeys to their developers area (thanks to this FOI request). The data are said include all the journeys between 30 July 2010 and 3 November 2010, except those starting between midnight and...

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Posted by on May 1, 2010 in Visualisation | 2 comments

Architectural Projection Mapping

This post is a slight deviation from the major themes of this blog, but well worth it. I have embedded a couple of videos from Flat-e filmmakers. They specialize in what they call “architectural projection mapping” to project images onto buildings (the two examples below are castles) with stunning effects. The idea is a simple but its execution must be extremely complex to produce such impressive results. It is a great way utilize the exterior of buildings and a lot more exciting than fireworks! The first video is a projection onto Gorey Castle as part of the Branchage Festival. Battle of Branchage from seeper on Vimeo. This second video is just as impressive and was produced to promote the Iron Man 2 soundtrack.  The projection is on to Rochester Castle in Kent. ACDC Vs Iron Man 2 – Architectural Projection Mapping on Rochester Castle from seeper on Vimeo. Thanks to William Cheshire for showing me these in the first...

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Kitchen Stories

Kitchen Stories

I recently saw a Norwegian film called Kitchen Stories. Set in the 1950s, it follows Sweden’s Home Research Institute: an organization that studies domestic habits and has had great success in rationalising the kitchen for Swedish Housewives (see diagram). In the film, the Home Research Institute moves to Norway to observe the kitchen routines of single Norwegian men. On call 24 hours a day, the observers live in caravans outside each subject’s house. Observations are made from high custom-made chairs strategically placed in each kitchen with observers allowed to come and go as they please, but under no circumstances must they be spoken to or involve themselves in kitchen activities. Each observer is tasked with mapping every movement the subject makes in his kitchen. I found the film extremely compelling as it reflects strongly some of the work that many of us do in GIScience/ Quantitative Geography. The concept of tracking a person’s or population’s movements, for example, is very common;  Fabian Neuhaus does just this when looking at...

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Journals Page

Following the success of the RGS Population Geography Research Group’s journal RSS feed syndication page, and my growing list of journal RSS feeds, I have selected a few of the journals most relevant to my research and published their RSS feeds on the “Journals” page. Thanks to Ollie O’Brien for helping me out with this.  Hopefully people with similar interests will find this a useful resource as they can view the page to keep updated with the latest publications without visiting each journal’s website separately. As my interests change I will add to the current list of...

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