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This is an introduction to what URBAN TICK is meant to look into. The topic has grown from my master thesis and is based on the AKA project developed by jafud. It has since evolved into a research topic on its own. The following gives a short introduction.

Cycles, rhythms and patterns exist in everyday urban life. There is something that brings us out of the bed in the morning, lets us squeeze into the tube at the same time as so many other citizens do, gives us a sense of time – lets us remember a past event and brings us back to bed after all. The same rhythm brings goods into town, exports products and consumes entertainment. It also scratches on the facade of buildings changes usages and sets up trends. The city ticks somehow. Cycles appear in any part of life. Examples can be found in time, economics, and the environment and could be seasons, day, technology, events, life cycles, or even particular phenomena like rush hour or basic needs such as breathing, eating and sleeping. They are celebrated through rituals and used as a tool for categorization. In the first place, the main characteristics are, that it is continuous along a time axis, i.e. it could be described as the manifestation of time passing by. In the second place, its characteristic is that some sort of repetition occurs. The repetition is a tool for feedback. ‘From the study of living systems and the science of cybernetics, we learnt about the importance of feedback loops to maintain a system. This information is processed alongside any cycle and constantly leads to an assessment. The continuum of the cycle in its repetitions gives a rhythm or a pattern to life’ [Capra, (1997), p 155]. This pattern is the subject of this research work with the focus on the urban environment. How do these cycles move people and goods through the city and how its rhythm interacts with the built surrounding? Many different cycles overlap at any point in the city. They are not synchronized and they interfere and disturb one another. This can be the source of movement and activity in urban life. In order to understand this, I will try to find out where these cycles come from, how they build up and whether and how they transform into urban form. In my master thesis developed at the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2005, I started researching on cycles in urban environments. The cycles I identified were grouped into three categories. The first group was natural cycles, containing rhythms such as day and night, seasons and basic human needs. The second group was activity cycles, working hours, weekend, rush hour and it also includes economical cycles, trends and so on. The third group is the material cycles, containing everything from material life cycle to building life cycle and containing technical aspects such as refurbishment, concepts of revitalizing. As an overall aspect, cycles touch in all fields on sustainability, from object to lifestyle to townscape. Referring to the three previously named categories, the second on, activity cycles, will be the main focus of the research. This leads to a focus on the interaction between humans and the built environment.

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Beside this blog some of my work has been published in other media and on different occasions I have presented the work.

Publications:
Neuhaus, F., (forthcoming). Spatio-temporal Dimensions of the City: Urban Rhythm. Heidelberg: Springer Publishers.

Neuhaus, F., (forthcoming). The use of social media for urban planning: Virtual urban landscapes created using Twitter data. In N. Norte Pinto et al., eds. Technologies in Urban and Spatial Planning: Virtual Cities and Technologies. Lisbon: IGI GLobal

Braun, D., Bühlmann, M., Burri, L., Degenhardt, B., Neuhaus, F., Schumacher, C., Straumann, M., Weinhardt, S., (forthcoming). SchulUmbau diskutieren. Verhandlungsthemen aus interdisziplinärer Sicht von Architektur, Pädagogik und Psychologie. Basel: FHNW.

Neuhaus, F., 2013. New City Landscape: Mapping Twitter data in urban areas. The Cartographic Journal, 46, pp.25–30.

Neuhaus, F. & Webmoor, T., 2012. Agile Ethics for Massified Research and Visualization. Information, Communication & Society, pp.1-23.

Neuhaus, F., 2011. New City Landscape – Mapping urban Twitter usage. Technoetic Arts, 9(1), pp.31–48.

Neuhaus, F., ed., 2011. Studies in Temporal Urbanism – the UrbanTick Experiment, Heidelberg: Springer Publishers.

Neuhaus, F., 2011. UrbanDiary – GPS and the Spatial Habitus. GPS-HRN News Update, 2011(6), pp.2-4. Available at: HRN [Accessed June 20, 2011].

Neuhaus, F., 2010. UrbanDiary – A Tracking Project Capturing the beat and rhythm of the city: Using GPS devices to visualise individual and collective routines within Central London. The Journal of Space Syntax, 1(2), pp.315-336. Available at: JOSS.

Neuhaus, F., 2010. Cycles in Urban Environments: Investigating Temporal Rhythms, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. Preview available at: issu.

Neuhaus, F., 2009. UrbanDiary – A Tracking Project. CASA Working Paper 151. Available at: issuu and CASA.

Neuhaus, F., 2009. PLY365. Graduate School Handbook, The Art of Research(2009/10), 34.

Neuhaus, F., 2009a. urbanTick. Palette, 1. Available at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable-cities/.

Neuhaus, F., 2009b. UrbanTick to UrbanDiary — Tracking the City Beat. perfect city. Available at: http://www.perfectcity.net/?p=961.

Neuhaus, F. & Hodel, L., 2004. Start_Szenario_Start – Eine Strategie. In Jungle2. Basel: Birkhaeuser, pp. 124-148. Available at: Google Books.

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Presentations / Lectures:


Neuhaus, F., 29th January 2013. Temporal Aspects of the City. MRes Advanced Spatial Analysis & Visualisation at UCL. London, UK.

Neuhaus, F., 22th Novemebr 2012. City Rhythms – Mapping London’s Social Media Use Patterns. CMS:ZOOM. London, UK.

Neuhaus, F., 11th October 2012. The City in Time and Space – movement pattern and the creation of temporal territories.. Spaces and Flows Conference 2012. Detroit, US.

Neuhaus, F., 05th September 2012. Virtual Landscape and a Peak for the London 2012 Olympic Park. Society of Cartographers 48th Annual Conference. London, UK. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., 14th March 2012. Using Social Media Data for Research: The Ethical Challenges. CRASSH Lunch Time Seminar. Cambridge, UK. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., 26th January 2012. Temporal Aspects of the City. MRes Advanced Spatial Analysis & Visualisation at UCL. London, UK. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., 07th December 2011. Hic Sunt Dracones – Mapping, what ever. Institute of Architecture and Planning at University of Lichtenstein, Vaduz, LI. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., 19th November 2011. The City in Time and Space – the individual experience in comparison. Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH), Baltimore, US. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., 13th October 2011. Location Based Social Networks and the Emerging Sense of Place. Second International Conference of Young Urban Researchers 2011. Lisbon, PT. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., 11th October 2011. NCL – Tracking Location Based Social Networks Using Twitter Data. 7th Virtual Cities and Territories Conference 2011. Lisbon, PT. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., 7th September 2011. New City Landscapes and Virtual Urban Social Networks. CRESC Annual Conference 2011. Manchester, UK. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., 1st September 2011. New City Landscape – Mapping urban online spaces of interaction. Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Annual Conference 2011. London, UK. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., 20st July 2011. Location Based Social Networking: Tracking Activity in an Urban Environment Using Twitter Data. Geo Computation (GeoCom) 2011. London, UK. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., 06th July 2011. New City Landscape – Mapping Urban Activity Using the Social Networking Platform Twitter. Computer in Urban Planning and Urban Management (CUPUM) 2011. Lake Louise, CA. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F. & Webmoor, T., 25th March 2011. Massified Research and Visualisation. In Visualisation in the Age of Computerisation. Oxford. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F. & Gray, S., 02nd March2011. Twitter Data – Seeking Spatial Pattern. CASA Seminar, UCL. London. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., 22nd February 2011. Urban Memories – Narrative and Time. Lecture, MA Urban Design, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. London. Available at: urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., 02nd November 2010. New City Landscape – Urban Mapping Using Twitter Messages. Conference talk at GSA Annual Meeting 2010, Denver, Co, USA. Available at: prezi.
The Community Remote Sensing session program is available HERE.

Neuhaus, F., 27th October 2010. New Data Landscapes – Urban Mapping, Surveying and the Tweet-o-Meter. Talk at CASA seminar.

Neuhaus, F., 27th October 2010. Stadtraum UrbanDiary – Eine Untersuchung zum Stadtraum am Beispiel London und Basel. Talk at Town Planning Department City of Basel, Ch. Available at: prezi or urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., 04th October 2010. GPS and Twitter – Tracking in Urban Environments. Talk at Steer Davis Gleaves, Transport Planning Consultants, London, UK. Available at: prezi.

Neuhaus, F., 02nd September 2010. The Time-Space Extension of Everyday Life in the City. Conference talk at RGS Royal Geographical Society Anual Conference 2010. Available at: prezi or urbanTick.

Neuhaus, F., Hudson-Smith, A., Milton, R., Grey, S., 01st September 2010. Data Mining/Crowd Sourcing and Spatial Analysis: Enhancing our Social, Spatial and Temporal Understanding of Cities via Mining Geo-Located Data. Conference Talk at CRESC annual conference 2010 – the Social Live of Methods, St Hugh’s College Oxford.

Neuhaus, F., 27th July 2010. The Spatial Narratives and the Construction of Space. Lecture at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Moscow. Available on prezi or on the blog.

Neuhaus, F., 21st April 2010. Space Time: an Overview on Repetition. Lecture, MA Cities, Design and Urban Cultures, Department of Architecture and Design, the London Metropolitan University. London. Available HERE.

Neuhaus, F., 23th March 2010. Narrative and Time. Lecture, MArch Urban Design, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. London. Available HERE.

Neuhaus, F., 4th March 2010. Digital Footprints / Tracing Bodies Through Narratives of the Everyday. Lecture, MSc Adaptive Architecture and Computation, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. London. Available HERE.

Neuhaus, F., 9th February 2010. Narrative and Time. Lecture, School of Architecture, Design and Environment, University of Plymouth. Plymouth. Available HERE.

Neuhaus, F., 2nd December 2009. UrbanDiary – The Spatial Narrative of Everyday Life or the Construction of Time and Space in the City. PhD Upgrade Presentation, CASA, UCL. London
Available HERE.

Neuhaus, F., 4th November 2009. Cycles, Rhythms and Pattern in Everyday Life. IDRN – The use of mapping software & systems in health and academic research. Poster Presentation, RGS. London. Available HERE.

Neuhaus, F., 24th September 2009. Mapping the Everyday – The Spatial Extension of Routines. Lecture, School of Architecture, University of Plymouth. Plymouth. Available HERE.

Neuhaus, F., 2nd July 2009. The Spatial Extension of Everyday Life. POPFest 2009, LSE. London.
Available HERE.

Neuhaus, F., 15th June 2009. Shaping Cities – from the body Experience to Urban Morphology. UrbanDesign, ARUP. London. Available HERE.

Neuhaus, F., 25th March 2009. Cycles, rhythms and pattern in every day life. CASA, UCL. London.
Available HERE.

Neuhaus, F., 5th March 2009. Urban Diary – London. UCL Grad School poster competition 2009. London. Available HERE.

Neuhaus, F., 9th January 2009. UD – Cycles in Urban Environments. S4 European Spatial Analysis network, CASA, UCL. London. Available HERE.

Neuhaus, F., 3rd December 2008. Urban Diary. Department of Information Science, City University London. London. Available HERE.

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Workshops:

Neuhaus F., Dendra D., Koh I., 2010. AG: Virtual Versus Real. Two week workshop at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Moscow.

Info HERE and HERE.

Neuhaus F., 2009. Mapping the Everyday – Workshop Plymouth 2009-09-25. One day workshop at University of Plymouth, Faculty of Art, School of Architecture, Plymouth.

Info HERE and HERE.

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