Thursday, January 31, 2008


I tried to find the best public transport spot in Amsterdam as follows:
- Take the public transport map of Amsterdam
- Overlay it with a grid
- Define the connectivity of every grid point. Using a circle with a radius of 500m, counting all public transport lines.
- These figures are used as input for a 3d model in which peaks are well connected spots and lower areas less connected.

Below you see the top view of the result

Analyzing Amsterdam, In search of the perfect location

From a global scale towards the scale of the city of Amsterdam to find the perfect location for the architectural design of a GlobeSpot.

In my research the scale difference of Global and Local comes appearing every time over and over again. So does it too in this analysis. On one hand I try to define the Global features of Amsterdam and on the other hand the Local flavours of it's place. I do this out of the perspective of the DigiNomad. There are the basic physical needs of a DigiNomad and the wish to be on a well connected spot inside the city. If we divide these over Global and Local scales we get the following sub analysis.

- How is the city of Amsterdam connected to the rest of the Global City? If we lay a grid over the Amsterdam City Map; how many steps does it takes to get from a certain point within the city to Schiphol (only one step away from the rest of the world).

GLOBAL_DigiNomad Needs
- Amsterdam has an identity for the rest of the world. In the Digital Empire makes this identity even more promoted than ever before. But what is this image, how do we see Amsterdam through Internet?

- How is the city of Amsterdam connected to itself? If we take the grid again how many possibilities do we have within a distance of 500m to use a public transport line to move trough the city?

- If we take all different physical needs (laundry, hairdresser, pc-store, café, etc.) and point them out on a map what areas within Amsterdam do jump out?

My superimposing all these maps I hope to find the perfect location for the GlobeSpot.