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Research Article

CitySkin: which color is your city?

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.11-6-2020.165962,
        author={Isabel Paiva and Tiago Fernandes},
        title={CitySkin: which color is your city?},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies: Online First},
        volume={},
        number={},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={CT},
        year={2020},
        month={8},
        keywords={Data Visualization, Mapping, Ubiquitous Computing, Digital Art, GPS referencing},
        doi={10.4108/eai.11-6-2020.165962}
    }
    
  • Isabel Paiva
    Tiago Fernandes
    Year: 2020
    CitySkin: which color is your city?
    CT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.11-6-2020.165962
Isabel Paiva1,*, Tiago Fernandes2
  • 1: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Portugal
  • 2: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
*Contact email: Isabelpaiv@gmail.com

Abstract

This paper discusses an experimental mobile application named CitySkin. The application uses mobile phones for data retrieval and mapping, to design an invisible skin of a city (an output map) following a user journey at a given moment in time. The project explores relations between subjectivity and raw data by combining hard data with visual mapping. Cities and their intrinsic diversity can be compared. Slightly different input variables can present greater changes in a recurrent path. CitySkin records the mood of a specific dérive and prompts consideration of the cultural implications of computing and the design of its ubiquity.