Sensing Cities – 感知城市 Elaine Tsui 崔亦伶, Nicole Zhang 张馨月 Contemporary technologies are the products of human demands. They are not external elements independent of societies. Through the data they collect and generate, we are able to observe our behaviors and develop a better understanding of ourselves. In this age of the Self, cameras and sensors are no longer pointed to others but are directed back to us in multiple perspectives.
As architects, we see the emerging technological capabilities as powerful tools to improve feedback-research and future urban policy making. We are deeply interested in how cities have evolved through the extended eyes of remote sensing technologies.
The exhibited materials contain a series of territorial satellite analysis, depicting three decades of realized urban expansion of the Pearl River Delta: from the open up in 1980s to 2018. The urban growth is a combination of planned constructions are market-led developments. Ten zoomed in areas are selected for their exceptional scale of land transformation during this period: Qianhai, for instance, has been turned from mixed-use coastland into full urban usage with extensive reclamation activities. Through the processed eyes of satellite imageries, the public can study cities on a different scale and juxtapose their own urban experiences in on the ground level.
Credits: Elaine Tsui 崔亦伶, Nicole Zhang 张馨月.
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