Holobiont Urbanism – City as a complex, adaptive, biological superstructure

Created by Regina Flores as a part of her MFA thesis at the Parsons, with support from the Playful Systems Group at the MIT Media Lab, Holobiont Urbanism is a research project that sets out to study, map, and visualize the microbiome of New York City, inviting participants to reimagine the city they live in as more than a vast metropolis, but rather as a complex and adaptive biological superstructure.

Quantitative and artistic methods are used to produce data visualizations that are the basis for a data art installation created by using thermal imaging to capture a live video stream of streets in New York, web-based 3D technologies to artistically render the video, and developing a design aesthetic crafted from a scientific framework.

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