Maps don’t typically convey time very well. They’re static snapshots of a moment in history. They tell you what exists, not when people go there, or how the value of a place might be tied to time – whether it’s a nightlife district or a public park most popular with early-morning joggers.
An EU-funded project is building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces: which parts of a city come alive between midnight and 3 a.m.? How about at lunch time? And what might those patterns tell us about how individual places – and whole cities – are experienced differently over the course of a day?
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