geographies of time, special weeks

geographies of time, special weeks

While municipal boundaries (zip codes or administrative boundaries) are actually necessary to provide order and organization to the city, they are not reflecting how people actually live and perceive areas.
The specific goal here is to build novel maps of city areas' boundaries, mapping the different patterns of use (activities on Social Media) on specific areas of the city, and aiming to derive and represent new boundaries of the city neighborhoods: evolving, interplaying and overlapping.
By measuring social media activities (e.g. profile of people sharing from a place, characteristics of venues of the place, "pulsation" of social media activities
according to diverse timestamps in the place, typology of pictures people take in different areas, etc etc) in specific places of the city we aim at identifying some initial clustering operations highlighting similarities and drawing novel boundaries of those area sharing a strong "identity".
This experiment will build novel geographies out of Social Media data production, rather than confirming / evaluating existent and well known ones. Goegraphies of time is the first of a series of spatial aggregation based on Social media. Areas are defined and coloured according to the time period of the day they are pulsing the most.


High concentration of contributions in the exhibition halls area at Rho during afternoon hours.

Increase in concentration in areas that generate evening and late night activity, proving that the city is full of events and appointments.

The central area of the city comes alive during aperitif hours (6pm-9pm). The Navigli and Porta Romana welcome a large number of people from 6pm onwards.

High concentration of contributions in the evening in typical areas of the Design Week: Tortona and Ventura.

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Posted May 28, 2013
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