Spectacle of the Hyper-Real: Environmental Simulation, Cybernetic Subjects, and Urban DesignDigital Aptitudes (2012)
AbstractIn 2007, under the headline “Digital Mapping Captures Glasgow,” the BBC reported the astonishing feat of the City Council’s having digitally scanned the entire center of that city, “replicating the façade of buildings to an accuracy of 5 mm.” (BBC News) The viewer is then invited see cinematic scenes of this virtual Glasgow, including a slow panning of the Beaux Arts city hall, a dizzying whirl around the tower of the Glagow Science Centre, followed by a seemingly supersonic flight along the River Clyde, reminiscent of a Star Wars battle scene. This virtual city, officially known as the Glasgow Urban Model, needs to be exceedingly accurate, the viewer is told, in order to assess the impact of new development, prepare for disaster plans, etc.
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Citation InformationAnthony Raynsford. "Spectacle of the Hyper-Real: Environmental Simulation, Cybernetic Subjects, and Urban Design" Digital Aptitudes Vol. 100 (2012)
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