Nightscapes and the social role of public space

Article in "Night studies" book

This article (included in one of the most recent reference publications in the field of “night studies”) deals with the relationship between the nocturnal landscape and the role of public space, offering two key contributions. Initially, we propose a novel methodological approach to measuring nighttime activity in cities through the introduction of different sources of dynamic data (big data and satellite imagery) along with tailored data-mining techniques to extract knowledge that can contribute to nocturnal urban design and planning.

Second, we propose a case study based on the city of Barcelona, replicable in other urban contexts with similar data structure maturity levels. This example helps us understand how public space is used at different times of day and how that use is tied to energy, elements of memory, visual structures or the regulation of public lighting.

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