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July 25, 2008

Richard Florida

Mapping Emotion

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The map here is from a project by Christian Nold, a London-based artist, using technology to measure levels of stimulation.  Here's a project summary.

Bio Mapping is a community mapping project in which over the last four years with more than 1500 people have taken part in. In the context of regular, local workshops and consultations, participants are wired up with an innovative device which records the wearer's Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), which is a simple indicator of the emotional arousal in conjunction with their geographical location. People re-explore their local area by walking the neighbourhood with the device and on their return a map is created which visualises points of high and low arousal. By interpreting and annotating this data, communal emotion maps are constructed that are packed full of personal observations which show the areas that people feel strongly about and truly visualise the social space of a community.

Data are here. (via Mind Hacks, Corante)


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So a busy traffic crossing literally made their skin crawl?


Lets face it cities need to be built for people not cars. In a compact efficient city cars are not worth the space they take.

Cars can so easily kill pedestrians and cyclist. Cyclist need to be protected from cars. Cars don't share the road. They muscle and terrorize pedestrians cyclists.

Try this which would you rather do?
1) Pedistrian: Stay too long in a cross walk? Cross walk time is shorter than geen light time by design.
2) Car: Drive through a yellow light? Bunny hop a green light?

Case 1: The pedistrian is muscled by cars. Need to stay alert just in case a car runs a light. Better to die another day.
Case 2: The car doesn't even realized they are terrorizing pedestrians. And probably don't care.

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