Cityware projects

There are many exciting projects that Cityware is part of. For the full inside look on how Cityware operates with its projects, take a look below:

Our projects

Blogging: The Cityware multimedia blogging project looks at how the internet is used with the private lives of citizens such as how people share pictures on the Internet. This is an important project because of the growing popularity of social networks such as Flickr and Pinterest as well as the large image database of Google Images.

Visualising the digital presence of a city: In February 2007, we took on a project of mapping the digital presence in Bath through Bluetooth in 9 different places throughout the day. This project was done in collaboration with an MSc project at University College London.

Mobile: One of the biggest trends in electronic communication is mobile. Mobile is exciting because it is a growing trend for businesses and citizens. Cityware carried out a pilot study in February 2006 to figure out mobile behaviour in Bath.

Radio City: This project was aimed at deciphering the 'mobile computing landscape' in Bath where we worked with wireless communication signals in the city as well as radio signals.

Space: We used space as the key theme for this project where we explore the co-existence of urban architecture and interaction and how they work together in public spaces. The successful result of this project was a 3x3 matrix that is used to help create new designs for pervasive systems.

Movement Flow project: This project was held in Bath City Centre. We observed the flows of people from around 2,750 4,000 people per hour when it was at peak to around 250 people per hour at a lower level. The aim of this project was to understand the spatial blueprint of Bath.

Digital Footprints: This project is concerned with how tourists and visitors use the spaces created by urban architecture. Tourists tend to use space differently than citizens because it is not their normal environment. This means, that the effect that tourists have on urban space is entirely different and digital technology can help Cityware find out more about how tourists use space.

Urban dweller project: People want to know where they are and how they are going to navigate themselves around a space and this was the crux behind the urban dweller project. As a World Heritage City, Bath wants visitors to enjoy their time there which is why features such as directions around a space are important to research. Solutions to this include pervasive technologies to help people with spatial navigation.

Pervasive Systems: A new project we have done is the Cityware installation project. This is a digital surface which has been put on the urban environment. This surface can detect when people walk on time of it and it emits light in a grid. When people walk across it, this installation's light follows the movement of pedestrians to aid in navigation.

All of these Cityware projects highlight the immense attention to detail that this research unit has dedicated to finding out how urban design and space work together.