This thesis provides an overview of new visualization tools: how they are being developed and combined, their applications, and their potential future uses. It also explores the implications of such tools in contexts where technology is not yet mainstream. This is illustrated through a case study of using mobile phones to gather data on the bus system in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The research draws from literature written on critical cartography, visualization, and visual culture in urban design and planning. The work first develops a best practices workflow of existing and emerging visualization tools and platforms. It then constructs prototypes of products for various audiences that illustrate the outputs of data collected on Dhaka’s bus system, showcasing the potentials of these new tools and platforms.
See thesis on MIT’s DSpace thesis repository
2.0.1 A Chronology of Shifting Perspectives
4.1.1 “A Minute in Dhaka” Videos
0.6.1 Structure of Thesis
2.4.1 Mobile Cellular Subscriptions