Nighttime as a Unique Territory

A debate with Lucía Jalón Oyarzun and Will Straw as part of MAS Context’s 2021 Spring Talks series.

Nighttime as a Unique Territory

Architect and researcher Lucía Jalón Oyarzun, Professor of Urban Media Studies Will Straw, and architects Mar Santamaría and Pablo Martínez of 300.000 Km/s lectured on March 11, 2021 as part of MAS Context’s 2021 Spring Talks series.

Today, the ability to describe and understand urban environments based on the use of data allows us to develop new perspectives beyond what is visible. It is with this information that we can document and visualize the activity cycles that characterize each city, during daytime and nighttime. The available data is a tool to begin to understand how nighttime in each city is governed, the patterns it generates, and how it defines a unique territory and human experience of our built environment.

During this event, the panelists will share their ongoing research on nighttime conditions, from the policies that shape them to their representation in media. They will also discuss cartography as an instrument to define new territories and the different cities that those cartographies reveal.

This event is part of the ongoing Nocturnal Landscapes: Urban Flows of Global Metropolises initiative. The project provides a comprehensive look at global metropolises at night, combining analysis and observation, questioning the correlation of human activity and light, and revealing hidden aspects of our cities.

This event was supported by the Barcelona City Council – Institut de Cultura de Barcelona.

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