Most visualizations use the two-dimensional plane of paper or screens, even when visualizing spatial (three-dimensional) data. Green Berlin explores the opportunity space of tangible artefacts, created with rapid prototyping techniques, in this case a laser cutter. Since humans are multi-sensory beings, the physical, the haptic world gives us a certain sensation we cannot deny. While the virtual realm allows us to create complex multidimensional visualizations, a physical 3D object, even though it is lower in complexity, still has a high appeal for specific use cases.
Germany's greenest cities - Berliner Morgenpost. Link Even though Berlin only ranked number 63 on a list of Germany's greenest cities (Berliner Morgenpost), it still offers a lot of parks, forests, rivers, and lakes for its citizens to enjoy. This is one of the reasons why Berlin is a great city to live in, especially during summertime. Due to scale and technical limitations the physical map could not show every single park and pond in Berlin, but even our selection with a low granularity already paints quite a green picture.
Laser via Reddit. Link
The data required to realize this project was collected from OpenStreetMap.
A big thank you goes to my colleague, the man at the laser cannon Fabian Moron Zirfas (@fabiantheblind).
The data and code as provided on the Github page are available under GPLv3, so you can do what ever you want with it.
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Green Berlin by Sebastian Meier is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.