atNight project

atNight is a research project based on the (re)definition of the term “nightscape”. Considering landscape in a broad sense, the research aims to build bridges between different technical and humanistic disciplines

The research explores night urban landscape as a sensitive and cognitive relationship between people and their environment. The project focuses on the aesthetical process of identification of citizenship with their territory to emphasize the role of night in the definition of urban landscape –as the framework for leisure and socialization.

We believe that the opportunity to reformulate the basis of nightscape design involves the construction of a valid representation of itself. atNight aims to build interpretative cartographies of nightscape main assets in order to create a new critical model to share, discuss and develop ideas about nightscapes transformation.

atNnight recognises the possibilities offered by digital technologies to propose new urban design strategies both collaborative and efficient. We have use data visualization to set up a possible interpretation of night values by harnessing the immense power of visual communication to explain the relationship of meaning, cause and dependency established between citizens and their environment.

If technological developments have consolidated a top-down urban management model, we propose a new bottom-up approach to urban identity construction based on citizens perception. Data analysis and cartography become necessary tools for a better understanding of our environment.

atNight has tested the potential of representation techniques of the city image by working on a night cartography (focused in Barcelona). We have taken the process of experimentation of the own drawing tools as an opportunity that enables us to assign geometry and measure to intangible aspects of the reality, making the invisible visible (drawing intangibles).

atNight is a research project led by Mar Santamaria Varas (researcher) in collaboration with Pablo Martínez Diez (lighting designer) and Jordi Bari Corberó (engineer). Together, we have been working in the development of new cartography tools to represent the city from the fields of urbanism, lighting and data analysis.