MIT’s Cartography of 100 Cities Aims to Create a More Beautiful World
Sepandar Kamvar doesn’t want us to see urban space around us in a whole new light so much as he wants us to see the light that’s already all around us. At a recent lunch near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, where he is director of the social-computing group, Kamvar and his colleagues were stuck at an outdoor table in the shadow of two large buildings. “It was not like the shade of a tree, which is nice,” says Kamvar. “It was just a shadow. It felt like we weren’t getting the sun and it felt inorganic.”
That notion led the group to a decision to map sunlight in the city – by simulating the shadows cast by buildings – in part as a way to figure out where they should have lunch. That map will join several others the MIT group has already created – of, among others, bicycle crashes in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Austin; of the coffee shops in Brooklyn and Portland; and of all the trees in Washington.
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