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Using Twitter To Map Buildings In Real Time

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A recent project out of The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL visualizes a day of geotagged tweets around London. Stephan Hugel (@urschrei) and Flora Roumpani (@en_topia) put together the re-imagined urban landscape to help consider what it would be like if buildings grew based on how much data they produce per day. In this instance, they ran their study from July 1st to July 2nd. The pair used geotags from the interior and exterior of structures. In total there were 3,568 data points collected.

Check out the view:

As seen in the video, Marble Arch won the prize for most activity at the end of the nearly 16 hour study. The monument stood taller than both St. Paul’s Cathedral and King’s Cross Station.

It will be interesting to see how the results of similar studies change depending on time of year.