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PhotograPhy: courtesy chicago architecture foundation exhibition "Chicago: City of Big Data" Features Dynamic, Detailed Model the chicago architecture foundation (caf) presents "chicago: city of big data," an exhibition that explores the city's urban fabric through the lens of digital data. "big data" refers to the volume, velocity, and variety of digital information created using technology-from environmental sensors to social media. the exhibition makes the case that designers and engineers can use this information as a tool to inform the design process and, ultimately, to shape urban form. architects, academics, city officials, and technology experts served as advisers for several interactive displays that invite visitors to learn how data relates to them, their immediate community, and their city. Located in the atrium of 224 s. Michigan avenue, the home of the caf, the highlight of the exhibit is the chicago Model-the most 120 accurate and up-to-date model of chicago's downtown, featuring more than 1,000 buildings. the model has been enhanced with digital tablets that allow visitors to learn more about iconic chicago spaces and structures. a colorful light projection system by dc bold Productions superimposes a range of layers of data, from landmarked buildings to reported potholes. the caf partnered with architecture firm skidmore, owings & Merrill to create a digital model that enhances the physical model and allows visitors to interact through social media. behind the chicago Model hangs a 15-feethigh-by-30-feet-wide map of the city. buildings are color-coded by the era in which they were built, highlighting three notable building booms throughout the city's history. other features of the exhibition are two 60-inch city forward dashboards-designed and built by experts in ibM interactive experience's chicago lab-located in storefront windows on both Michigan avenue and Jackson boulevard to display the city's vital stats to passersby. the dashboards provide real-time updates, including comparisons of housing by neighborhood with other cities, employment rate statistics, hourly weather updates, bus and train arrival times, new construction permits, and heat maps. they also feature historic images of buildings and neighborhoods. Visitors can tweet comments and questions, which will also display. the "chicago: city of big data" exhibition is free to the public and will remain on view through the end of 2015. for more information, visit -murrye bernard june 2014

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Contract - June 2014
Industry News
Columnist: Financial Management for Firms: Accounting, Billing, and Budgeting
Product Focus: Disappearing Act
Product Focus: Pulling the Wool
NeoCon Preview
Funny or Die
FiftyThree, Inc.
A Steward of History
9/11 Memorial Museum
Designers Select: Seating
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Contract - June 2014