Week 3: Invisible cities

In the  city the net effect of our actions can be difficult to perceive. As conscientious citizens we strive to be positive, to regulate our power consumption and choose low emission transport for ourselves and the public good. How do we know if our efforts are making a difference at all? Can others be encouraged?

According to Dr Agneta Fischer, who specialises in ‘emotional contagion’, positive collective activity encourages others to move towards that behaviour also. By visualising the invisible activity of the city, its mood, its power consumption its emissions as public landmarks we can create positive feedback loops to improve our quality of life.

Current happiness based on random public captures and facial recognition software. (Public Face I)

Current energy consumption based on output of power plant. (Nuage Vert)

Current pollution level based on environmental sensors. (Eco Halo)