An application to explore out of stacks of data

Is it possible to develop a data base which could function as a fundament in an application and use it as a tool for exploring a site? The answer was to be found in this seminar. After exploring what the Netherlands has to offer on the field of heritage, the decision for the Amsterdam canal zone was quickly made for the fact that it is already a big tourist attraction. To develop an interesting app for many different kinds of users, it was necessary to first establish a complete data base as a fundamental basis.  This database was to be made by doing fieldwork in the Amsterdam canal zone analysing 775 properties and map what is important and interesting like: specific names, amount of stories,

gable classifications, modern or old appearance, relationships in height, basements, stairs, balconies, windows, colours and materials. It was always the goal to map the aesthetics of the building. So for example a new gable in the old ensemble, was also seen as old. In the process of analysing every building was photographed for the use of the app. All these elements were combined in one big database and converted in readable graphs and streetscapes. Eventually the data was put into GIS (geographic information system) and maps with all different kinds of information of the three canals were made to use in the application to be. 

Fieldwork fill in list
Fieldwork fill in list

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Detail Amsterdam canal zone
Detail Amsterdam canal zone

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The proposed route
The proposed route

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Fieldwork fill in list

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Amsterdam App

 

 

PROJECT:

Research seminar Architecture

 

 

TUTOR:

Loes Veldpaus

 

 

ASSIGNMENT:

Construct a 1:1 scale model of a detail in a building which you think is special in a conceptual, technical or other way. After that design a small extension to the model workshop in Vertigo. This design should clearly be inspired by the previously mentioned detail.

 

 

LOCATION:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

 

PROGRAM: 

An smartphone application for the sightseeing of Amsterdam