What would your ideal city look like? The Big Bang Data project imagined the future population landscape for cities, in particular London, painting pictures of many possible futures for cities through data modelling techniques.
Data modelling can be used to translate complex systems such as cities into easily visualised and understood patterns. Using advanced mathematical rules, data models enable us to stimulate and analyse the systems that make up a city such as patterns of travel or population growth. Cities are dynamic, living organisms and planners need to consider a broad range of economic, social and environmental factors to make important decisions.
The Big Bang Data project saw data modelling as an invaluable tool in urban planning. By allowing us to recognise the complexity of cities and understand the forces that shape them now and in the future, well-crafted urban models helped us find new solutions to the problems that cities face.
London 2036 was developed for the Big Bang Data exhibition at Somerset House in 2016.