Competition 2016: Shortlisted in the category Contract

Sorting out Cities

Northeastern University, 2014
Area Urban Development Medium Animation Physical Installation Type Contract

Although cities cover only a small fraction of the earth, they have a tremendous impact on the world. This theme explores how cities relate to the rest of the world in terms of the space they occupy, the people they shelter, the resources they use, the global movements they facilitate and are subjected to. The exhibit uses a unique approach to visualize topics such as land-use and urban extent, rural and urban population, water availability and consumption, global accessibility and migration. By literally "sorting out" the complex spatial relationships between cities and the world, global connections, trends, and inequalities become directly observable.

Data sources:
Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for International Earth Science Information Network ? CIESIN ? Columbia University, International Food Policy Research Institute ? IFPRI, the World Bank, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical, Deutscher Wetterdienst, the Water Footprint Network, Global Environment Monitoring Unit ? Joint Research Center (JRC), Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division

videos: (video of installation in miraikan musueum) (animation, triplanar projection) (video of installation, closeup) (equirec, projection, raw) (detailed explanation of content)



  • Offenhuber, Dietmar Northeastern University

Project Partner

Miraikan - the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo Ars Electronica Futurelab ( Roland Haring, Peter Holzkorn, Andreas Jalsovec, Michael Mayr, Nicolas Naveau, Emiko Ogawa)