Intra-city is a data responsive graphic that adapts to the estimated number of people inside the new Engineering, Technology and Design (ETD) building in real time. With a live data feed of AUT Wi-Fi logins, an estimate of how many people inside of the ETD building is made. When very few people are in the building the display only shows a single shop on a short stretch of road. As more people enter the building, the display slowly grows into the size of a suburb complete with homes, shops, community centres etc. From here, as the number of people inside increases the buildings are replaced by larger ones, slowly building up into a metropolis. This also works the other way with the Intra-city buildings becoming smaller as people leave.
when completed, the project will be displayed in the AUT Engineering, Technology and Design building. On track for opening on the first day of semester two 2018, Intra-City will be running for the public on opening day. Displayed on a 6 X 4m LED screen in the St Paul Street entrance it’ll be hard to miss.
The team wanted to create an animation that would instil a sense of progress for the students and staff of AUT. The project itself was inpired by 'Block' created by Kinect 4's illustrator Austin Lonie.
Using Adobe Illustrator, three versions of each building were drawn up and arranged on a street layout based off real city road maps.
Fade in/out effect and day/night cycles created in Adobe After Effects. Cars are also animated with varying traffic amounts for the changing sizes of the city.
A demo of the final display is presented during Colab's open studio night.
Using Processing to link our animation to AUT’s Wi-Fi logins and coding the display to change with the time of day.
Installation of Intra-City completed for the 16th July when the new Engineering, Technology and Design building opens to the public.