The City Lab

A Citizen Science Experiment for JDW

Changing the way a city understands the perception of the locals.

For the Jerusalem Design Week we designed an open laboratory at the Hansen House with the goal of showing how art and technology can help cities and municipalities better understand nearby communities.

Streaming citizen thoughts into tangible data.

The City Lab asked the audience a series of questions using different laboratory devices that collected the answers in the form of a liquid. These were then processed and used to visualise a specific topic.

Topics included emotions; love, fear, preoccupation, ambition and goals amongst others, to help participants build a bigger picture of Jerusalem.

We wanted each individual to create a formula based on their own perception of Jerusalem by summing up the answers from each topic.

There was also a layer of sound as each time a participant chose an answer a sound was generated accordingly, becoming the basis for a collective song.

Important questions need important interactions.

Video Test

Curiosity over legibility and complexity power.

A laboratory environment engages with the audience and empowers them to explore the information, to interact with it and to become part of global knowledge.

A participative experience that creates a metaphorical game between the city and the way we understand in the form of a chemical formula.

A blank space that allowed the locals of Jerusalem to express their individual and collective point of view of their own city.

Below is some of the data sets collected during the JDW in Jerusalem. The information is being processed and will be part of the DDS Annual Report.

Relationships in Jerusalem are...

How does Jerusalem want to be seen in the media?

How does Jerusalem love?

What is Jerusalem afraid of?

The City Lab is an open system that can be adapted to all kind of different cities, organisations and environment needs.

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