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Networks, interfaces, and computer-generated images: learning from digital visualisations of urban redevelopment projects

Rose, Gillian; Degen, Monica and Melhuish, Clare (2014). Networks, interfaces, and computer-generated images: learning from digital visualisations of urban redevelopment projects. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32(3) pp. 386–403.

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Abstract

Over the past five years, computer-generated images (CGIs) have become commonplace as a means to market urban redevelopments. To date, however, they have been given relatively little attention as a new form of visualising the urban. In this paper we argue that these CGIs deserve more attention, and attention of a particular kind. We argue that, instead of approaching them as images situated in urban space, their digitality invites us to understand them as interfaces circulating through a software-supported network space. We use an actor-network theory understanding of ‘network’ and argue that the action done on and with CGIs as they are created takes place at a series of interfaces. These interfaces—between and among humans, software, and hardware—are where work is done both to create the CGI and to create the conditions for their circulation. These claims are explored in relation to the CGIs made for a large urban redevelopment project in Doha, Qatar. We conclude by suggesting that geographers need to reconsider their understanding of digital images and be as attentive to the interfaces embedded in the image as to the CGI’s visual content.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Prion and its Licensors
ISSN: 1472-3433
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Architectural atmospheres, branding and the social: the role of digital visualizing technologies in contemporary architectural practiceES/I038128/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: computer-generated image; digital visualisation; actor-network theory; network; interface; Doha; Qatar
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 40343
Depositing User: Gillian Rose
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2014 09:49
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 14:41
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40343
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