The Urban (Un) Seen. Artificial Intelligence as Future Space
The Urban (Un) Seen. Artificial Intelligence as Future Space – 看见（未见）的城市.
人工智能成为未来空间 ZERZA, Bettina Zerza + Tae Hong Park Technological evolution has defined the modern city; inevitably, digital technology will continue to transform public and private space. The built environment can react in real-time to various data, enabling us to design responsive buildings rather than merely install static technical systems. According to the United Nations, 55% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, a proportion that will likely rise to 70% by 2050; nearly 90% of such growth will occur in Asia and Africa.
The Urban (Un) Seen is addressing sustainable urbanization by measuring, visualizing and sonifying data with a focus on global urban noise pollution. Our audiovisual installation is driven by a noise sensor network that is data-driven, community-driven and art-driven; the goal is to maximize community participation, awareness and sensor network scaling to enable the creation of a real-time soundmap of global cities. At the core of the Urban (Un) Seen project are several noise sensors around the exhibition and throughout Shenzhen; residents will be invited to experience the city through the sonic spatial data they provide.
The Urban (Un) Seen gives visitors the opportunity to interact with each other in real space and digital space. Modules with integrated loudspeakers will invite visitors to sit, take a rest or observe the sonic visual elements, and invisible information will be projected directly onto the surface of the physical installation. The project enriches the perception of space by bringing in urban environmental sound that cannot be seen, touched or smelled, even though omnipresent. The installation’s visual, sonic and physical elements will provide a multisensory experience that can be felt, touched and heard beyond space and time since the sonifications and visualizations will be generated by real-time data and data archived during the exhibition.
Residents and visitors can also engage with smartphones and tablets inside and outside of the exhibition by measuring noise through an AI-driven sensor network. We revisit the built environment through the lens of urban acoustic patterns and their potential to create healthy urban soundscapes by using acoustically informed urban design. In an effort to contribute to urban noise reduction studies, residents will be able to continue measuring their urban soundscapes after the exhibition ends.
Credits: Bettina Zerza, Tae Hong Park
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