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CityTraces: mapping social movement in our cities
In the age of satellite navigation and Google Maps we have the opportunity to show that our cities are as much about everyday events and social life as they are about buildings and streets. Maps showing these social movements can be used by urban planners and designers to better understand the workings of cities as social spaces of movement and interaction.
CityTraces is a collaborative platform for ongoing experimental projects that use spatial mapping technologies like GPS smartphones to generate new ways of seeing Australian cities.
The project was launched at Victoria's State of Design Festival In July 2011 with a collaborative mapping activity where festival-goers map their day as they explore festival sites in and around Melbourne.A Citytraces iphone app gathers data while volunteer participants (who have downloaded the app before arriving) run it while enjoying the festival.
Different map visualisations will be be promoted through the CityTraces website and this website in the coming months
Get involved if you're interested in how digital mapping techniques can be used to provoke new ways of visualising your city.
Image: Test 3D map for the 2011 State of Design Festival.