Madeline Gannon-LookingOutwards-4

by Madeline Gannon @ 6:30 pm 16 January 2011

Data Visualization

Vacant NL | Rietveld Landscape | 2010 Venice Biennale

Vacant NL visualizes the vast amount of unused architecture that the Dutch government owns. The installation questions the assumed density of the European nation: the notion of overpopulation is offset by the display millions of square meters that are underutilized and unaccounted for. It also emphasizes the economic waste/misuse of government bureaucracy in a time of global crisis.

The two story exhibit allows a dual-perspective of the vacant buildings: seeing the footprint of the buildings from the first floor, and the architectural individuality of the buildings from the mezzanine above. The critical impact of Vacant NL comes from the careful curation the buidings in space. The buildings already exist in a far more substantial way in their cities, but it only through their foam representations that one can see the collective impact of the empty buildings.

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GE Dynamic Hybrid Braking

The following video visualizes the complexities of Newtonian physics in a mundane, yet visually stunning, manner. GE illustrates the principles of the braking systems of their trains by dropping every-day objects on ballistics gel. Beautifully simple in their approach, the actual physics are overlain on the falling objects to further substantiate GE’s claim.

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