Isochronic Singapore

Isochronic Singapore

This project is one of the six projects shown on the  LIVE Singapore! exhibition. The projects were developed by the SENSEable City Lab and part of the Future Urban Mobility research initiative at the Singapore and MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. Researchers have collaborated on the development of an open platform for collating and publishing a range of innovative, real-time data visualisations about the city. It is being described as a “feedback loop between people, their actions, and the city”.

As vehicular traffic opens up and jams in the course of the day, the time we need to move in Singapore shrinks and expands. How long will it take you to go from home to any other destination? Find out with this isochronic map, where the deformations are proportional to travel time – and reveals the changes in the course of a weekend/week day. Chrisian Sommer built a network from the massive data collected from GPS location record of Singapore taxis of August, 2010 and estimated the shortest travel time between every pair of places on an hourly basis.

The final app runs on a big display controlled by a Magic Trackpad. Visitors can click anywhere on the map to see its animation through the month. This video demos the maps for the central business district and the airport.

Be sure to read the project’s full description by one of the authors:  Xiaoji Chen.

Questions raised

How long will it take you to go from home to any other destination?
Which parts of Singapore can be reached in the shortest time, using road transportation?


It is quite interesting to see the response to road density, the expansion of congested area and the travel time explosion when rush hour comes.

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