Hoa Truong, with Eric Field, Greg Medlock, Jason Papin
Who says that Architects and Biomedical Engineers don't have anything in common?
Among other things, we often have to build a model, through building our own tools, to attack a complex systems problem.
CrossTalk is a simulation of systems biology, through visualization and data mapping, of the syntrophy ("nourish together") between different species of bacteria set within a culture. Each bacteria has a large set of proteins, and then a series of chemical reactions upon those proteins. The rea ... [ more ]
Visualizing Problems through Data
Data Visualization is an amazingly powerful tool - not only to show others, but to see for ourselves.
Ther are so many really difficult problems out there in the world, and we have so much data about them, but we have a hard time wrestling with it all. Data is tough to see when it's only in tables and spreadsheets, but our most challenging problems deserve better than that.
After several years of teaching visualization through courses called "Information Space" and now simply "Data Visualizat ... [ more ]
A Wall of Data
Eric Field, with Don Brown, Arlyn Burgess, and the Data Science Institute
The Data Wall is Live!
At this year's Datapalooza, the Data Science Institute in collaboration with the Insight Lab unveiled the new data wall - the university's largest video display, as a free-standing and user-controllable wall 20 feet wide by 10 feet tall, in the newly renovated Data Science Institute space at Dell 1.
The wall showcases content from the School of Architecture's pan-university class in Data Visualization (SA ... [ more ]
Energy Town Hall
Eric Field, with Sakib Ahmed
In October, the UVA Office of Sustainability asked to use the DAT for an Energy Town Hall.
The Town Hall, hosted at OpenGrounds, brought together over 70 students, faculty, staff, and community members in a single room to discuss the challenges and opportunities for carbon reduction and renewable energy use on the UVA grounds.
After voting on favorites of a set of predefined challenges and opportunities, participants broke out into four separate groups to discuss and define new possibilities t ... [ more ]
Prototyping a Styling Social Network
Dasha Tyshlek, with Alexander Zorychta
Styler is an up and coming fashion application which will allows users to create simple collages and collect affiliate income from the outfits they put together. During the course of Special Applications of Technology, the business aspects of this idea have been improved and a basic web-application which allows users to upload pictures, and make simple collages from items has been developed.
Jenna Godfrey, with Eric Field
The idea behind Civil is that every community is made up of individuals who have skills, knowledge, and ideas that, when put into action, can improve the community from within. The survey collects those ideas and resources and then the visualization displays them in order to foster communication within neighborhoods, between neighborhoods, and in the region. The overall goal of Civil is to provide a new avenue for citizen engagement and to promote communities with stronger social ties, social ca ... [ more ]
Eric Field, with Kristine Nelson, Juan Cruz, Melissa Goldman, Alex Kaplan, Sydna Mundy, William Haynes
The Making and Designing Event. In November, the Insight Lab, Fabrication facilities, and School of Architecture Admissions partnered to host a Saturday workshop on Making and Designing for high school teachers across the region. Twelve teachers plus guests, from art to industrial design to CAD, spent the day in the Insight Lab learning about some of the cool technologies that we have, and that they can work with to link design thinking to physical outcomes.
During the first session, partici ... [ more ]
Exploring Famous Visualizations
As a test of DEVL.js' versatility, DEVL.js was used to re-draw the famous visualization of Napoleon's march into Russia originally drawn by Charles Minard. The data itself had to be skewed a bit to match the source visualization (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/29/Minard.png) but is overall fairly accurate in terms of population, latitude, longitude, and temperature. The source code is maintained here: http://kevin.4mcveys.com/devl/minard.html ... [ more ]
Note ... [ more ]
Demystifying Data Visualization: DEVL.js
Visual Essay - The Sullivan Banks
Eric Field, with Jeffrey Plank, Lain Jiang
The Sullivan Banks
In the mid1970s Crombie Taylor adapted then state-of-the-art automated multi-screen multi-media slide projection technology to exhibit architecture at architectural scale. His 1976 Sullivan Banks program is an important innovation in Sullivan studies and in architectural history: it extends to color photography the convention of publishing series of photographs of single buildings initiated by Louis Sullivan himself; it is informed by Taylor’s ... [ more ]
"Quick Start" tutorials - digital techniques you can use
Eric Field, with Alex Kaplan, Olivia Morgan, Jason Truesdale
What good is research and visualization technology if you don't know how to use it?
In addition to hosting extensive simulation and visualization technology, the Insight Lab is also host to a series of "Quick Start" workshops and online tutorials on how to actually use -- and more importantly apply -- digital tools and techniques. Workshops are open sessions to attend in person, and all are screen recorded with audio and posted on the SARC Wiki under the [ more ]
Eric Field, with Tanya Denckla Cobb, Melissa Keywood
Using the ecoMOD Decision Analysis Tool's unique visualization interface, we can quickly setup comparisons. This is one of the great values of using dynamic and data-driven visualization techniques.
Shown here is a stakeholder meeting in which a group was asked to rank the set of values, from a single common set, that best serve Practitioners and that best serve Clients. Participants and facilitators alike were amazed during the meeting to see how polar opposite the responses showed these to ... [ more ]
Visualizing Stakeholder Decisions
Eric Field, with Tanya Denckla Cobb, Melissa Keywood
Upon showing the DAT, even in it's early development stages, to a group at the School of Architecture, one particular group became very interested. The Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN)
saw this as a wonderful tool for stakeholder engagement.
We quickly partnered with them to develop the DAT further, and create a version that could be directly applied to live, participatory stakeholder negotiation meetings, and that could be used on a sm ... [ more ]
ecoMOD Decision Analysis Tool (DAT)
Eric Field, with John Quale, Michael Britt, Erik de los Reyes
DAT is the Decision Analysis Tool -- an open platform to help individuals and teams make comparisons or decisions about just about anything.
Right from the start, the ecoMOD / ecoREMOD teams needed a way to make decisions collaboratively -- decisions that aren't just compromises, but that actually reflect the values of the teams and the community partners. We started looking at how to gather research and share information, and then make good decisions. Pretty quickly we developed the skelet ... [ more ]
Food Heritage Mapping Platform launched
Eric Field, with Tanya Denckla Cobb, Christine Gyovai, Pike Brynildsen, Emilia Gore, Sarah Burr
The UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation in partnership with the Insight Lab recently launched the consolidated Food Heritage Map, as a web-based and community driven platform for collecting and studying the landscape of food heritage in any community.
The Food Heritage Map system began as an Insight Lab Student Fellowship, and has now produced a fully live and online GIS interface to our local -- and growing -- heritage.
The first two projects in the map are the [ more ]
The SEED Evaluator
Eric Field, with Bryan Bell, Lisa Abendroth
How do you measure the triple bottom line of social, economic and environmental design? This is the challenge of the SEED Evaluator
, a central component of the SEED Network
and the tool that leads to SEED Certification as well as evaluation of projects for the SEED Awards, Publications, and Public Interest Design.
The SEED Evaluator is an online tool for collaboration, documentation, and evaluat ... [ more ]
How hot is a slave dungeon?
Eric Field, with Jason Truesdale, Louis Nelson
The climate in Ghana is pretty warm, with temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius at a minimum, and often reaching 30 deg C on its own. On the Cape Coast, a castle right on huge coastline like this one receives significant breezes, though, from the ocean. In an exposed condition, this might mitigate the temperatures a bit, but does it in a dungeon room, and especially a small dungeon room where up to 120 slaves have been housed at a time?
Did these slaves, as nearly 24-hour occupants of these ... [ more ]
Ripple Tank Demo
Ripple tank simulation offers a primitive but intuitive means of visualizing fundamental wave propagation patterns. Basic forms can be quickly and easily placed and removed, giving this method a great degree of freedom and flexibility.
A number of considerations should be made when understanding the degree to which a ripple tank simulates sound wave propagation. Firstly, it should be noted that frequency and medium scaling are not necessarily proportional to the scale of sound waves in air. ... [ more ]
Architectural Geometry and Acoustic Space
To investigate existing means of acoustic simulation, testing, and visualization, and to explore the relationship between the geometry of space and the resulting acoustic experience.
Brown Acoustic Simulator for Matlab
Yamaha Sound System Simulation (Y-S3)
K-Wave for Matlab
EASE Focus 2
Odeon Room Acoustics Software ... [ more ]