LIVE Singapore!



Carlo Ratti, lab director
Kristian Kloeckl, project leader
Afian Anwar
Assaf Biderman
Rex Britter
Xiaoji Chen
Pedro Cruz
Jennifer Dunnam
David Lee
Till Nagel
Darshan Santani
Oliver Senn
Aaron Siegel
Christian Sommer
Anthony Vanky
Dustin York


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After an initial process of data analysis from several data streams, six visualizations have been delineated that investigate different areas of interest and of relevance to the city of Singapore. The visualizations aim to provide greater understanding of some of the city's dynamics.

Isochronic Singapore Raining Taxis
As vehicular traffic opens up and jams in the course of the day, the time we need to move in Singapore shrinks and expands. How long will it take you to go from home to any other destination? Find out with this isochronic map, where the deformations are proportional to travel time - and reveals the changes in the course of a weekend/week day. Singapore's mobility is heavily reliant on taxis, but what happens when it rains? Getting hold of a cab is not the easiest thing in the world. We are exploring how our transportation system behaves by combining taxi and rainfall data, and investigating how in the future the system can streamline in order to better match taxi supply and demand.
Urban Heat Islands Formula One City
It is documented that temperatures in cities are several degrees higher than in the surrounding countryside, but as temperature rises we use more air-conditioning, which in turn results in even higher temperatures. Check out this effect on the map, which shows estimated temperature rise (top) and energy consumption (bottom) in different parts of Singapore. Large scale events disrupt a cities' daily routines. What better opportunity to explore this effect than Singapore's Formula One Grand Prix? How does this event impact our daily life? How do we respond to it? How do we share our excitement via cellphone? Find out by looking at this map, where the color and size of the glow are proportional to the amount of text messaging during the Formula One race.
Real-time Talk Hub of the World
Singapore's mobile phone penetration is above 140%, many own more than one device. How do we make use of the island's cellphone network via voice calls and text messages? How can this inform us about the usage of urban space in real-time? Find out by looking at this map, where height and color intensity indicate the level of cellphone network usage. Singapore is the world's largest trans-shipment container port and one of the busiest airport hubs in the world. How is our island affected by this constant stream of people and goods passing through? Where do these flows come from and go to and how many of them are here to stay? Find out by looking at this map which shows the port and airport's global reach.