Urban Pulse Uses Social Media Data to Show Cities in a New Light
The open-source platform could prove useful for architects and planners seeking a better understanding of places and the people who use them
- Tim Nelson for Architectural Digest September 25th, 2017
- Source: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/urban-pulse-uses-social-media-data-to-show-cities-in-a-new-light
The brainchild of a team led by [Ph.D. candidate] Fabio Miranda at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, Urban Pulse translates photos from Flickr and location-based tweets to a series of “beats” and "pulses,” which are represented by hotspots of varying intensities and lengths on a heat map. For example, a concentration of Flickr photos uploaded near the Metropolitan Museum of Art or tweets from Grand Central would create a pulse that indicates a location has become a relative hub of activity among certain groups of people (tourists vs. commuters, for example).