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On the Open Source City

New technology offers new possibilities for spatial planning in the Netherlands. The web platform Open Source City — developed by The Cloud Collective and Mark van der Net — shares information that up to this point was reserved for experts with everybody. It supports new parties in finding alliances and stimulates new initiatives. Open Source City visualizes the growing amount of data through easily accessible maps, it enables combining different data sources, and it shows different examples of what kind of new spatial answers the appliance of data can offer to questions in the field of energy, mobility, water, green, vacancy and heritage.... Read More

New technology offers new possibilities for spatial planning in the Netherlands. The web platform Open Source City — developed by The Cloud Collective and Mark van der Net — shares information that up to this point was reserved for experts with everybody. It supports new parties in finding alliances and stimulates new initiatives.

Open Source City visualizes the growing amount of data through easily accessible maps, it enables combining different data sources, and it shows different examples of what kind of new spatial answers the appliance of data can offer to questions in the field of energy, mobility, water, green, vacancy and heritage.

It is particularly useful for transformation projects: A single click and all landmarks in the Netherlands appear. Two clicks visualize the accessibility of this heritage, and a third click adds the energy efficiency of these buildings. You can also find all office buildings from the seventies, with energy label B and a rent that is twice as low as the average dwelling rent within a two mile radius. In this manner, Open Source City offers new insight and perspective into the existing city.

 

FACTS
Program: Research and web platform
Website: www.oscity.eu
Client: Studio for Unsolicited ArchitectureNetherlands Architecture Institute,
Creative Industries Fund NL, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
Year: 2013
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