Richard Plunz – Toward A Public Space / Social Media Interface
The social media revolution is producing a new generation of urban design and planning tools that can augment reading of urban public space and management of next generation distributed urban infrastructure. Deployment of social data analytics has the potential for real-time understanding of the occupation characteristics of public space; from real-time configurations of occupation densities to detailed understanding of diverse cognitive factors related to the users. The outcome is new predictive modeling that is more robust than any of the normative techniques now in common practice. Two case studies for New York City will be examined: an app and web-based platform for managing new storm water infrastructure, and a crowd sourced platform for defining public space usage through Twitter-based sentiment analytics. Both are in development at the Earth Institute Urban Design Lab at Columbia University.