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Chicago Architecture Foundation - City of Big Data

Visualizing Chicago's Data

The study of local data provides insight to urban activity, needs, and can lead to innovative solutions. City of Big Data was an interactive installation Labs made with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

What Does Big Data Reveal About Chicago? 

With the rise in importance and presence of technology in people’s everyday lives, encompassing the study of local digital data and infrastructure can only provide a more complete picture of urban activity, needs, and possible solutions.


A Simple Truth

Photoshop Isn't Built for Big Data

During this project we quickly realized that designing for 10 million data points would require some new workflows. Instead of losing time retrofitting existing platforms, we wrote custom software that allowed us to visually experiment with the data in a realistic way.

We tried explaining this concept for months and it only took a meeting with Perficient to make the light bulbs go off.  KEITH BESSERUD, SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL

Truth in Numbers

  • 100K Visitors to the installation
  • 20+ Publication features
  • 6 Week delivery timeline

Let's Forge the Future. Together.