The second part consists of articles written specially for this publication and including considerations on data journalism, speculation in urban design, and urban typography. These, while not devoid of theoretical aspects of working with data, are based largely on experience gained from projects delivered in Katowice. The remaining pages of this book contain documentation of selected Medialab workshops and workgroup meetings, including several detailed project accounts as well as brief descriptions of Medialab’s festivals, conferences and fringe events.
This book is not a guide or tutorial, nor does it provide a step-by-step instruction on how to implement your own project. What it does, however, is try to answer some practical questions. First and foremost, we discuss the potential benefits of this kind of activity, as well as potential difficulties and challenges to tackle while using the above methods to pursue one’s own projects. We also try to provide the general principles of working with data and show how to use it in interdisciplinary (and often experimental) projects that go beyond the domain of specialists and the traditionally defined boundaries of research disciplines involved in the city.
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