Urban Play and Data Visualization

Mattia Thibault, Artur Vasconcelos Cordeir, Martijn de Waal

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Rook is playful data visualization device aiming at the dissemination of air quality data.The Rook unit accesses the database of the Hollandse Luchten (henceforth HL) project,which collects data on air quality in Nord-Holland via a network of sensor kitsdistributed to the local population and displays it in an interactive way using lights andmist. The eerie and mysterious effect of the colored mist aims at a playful and enticingeffect on its users, while, at the same time, spreading awareness on one of the keysustainability issues of the region. People can interact freely with the machine so toexplore its working and the data it conveys.This paper aims to contextualize and describe the design process behind the creation ofRook and to propose some reflections on playfulness, citizenship and datavisualization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 DiGRA International Conference
Place of PublicationTampere
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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