Seoul On-Air: Augmented Environments for Urban Activism

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While the study of urban sensing tools has been a consistent focus of research within the environmental, earth and citizen science communities, little attention has been placed on the development of on-site visualization techniques and methods for an interactive exploration of urban environmental data. Environmental data is generally visualized as tabular data or 2-dimensional plots on paper which fail to enable an experiential visualization of the microclimatic data and thus don’t allow citizens to gain a detailed understanding of the site-specific variability of pollutant concentrations in their cities. This research explores 3-dimensional immersive environmental visualization techniques that enable a user-friendly interactive analysis of the urban air quality data. The research focuses on the implementation of low-cost mobile urban sensing technologies and immersive environmental data exploration mechanisms with the ambition of enabling citizens to reframe their role in the politics of urban air quality.