Claudia Colombo | Horizon Map
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Data Visualisation
Individual Project
BA Project
ISIA Urbino
Jul 12-Oct 12
Manual Mapping
Scale contents

→    Brief Description

This is a Data Visualisation (it was my first experience) about the visual spaces frequented by students in the three cities of my life so far (Ruina>Ferrara>Urbino). Using the scaled reproduction of empty spaces of the cities I divided and categorized several kinds of places, and I ordered those based on their shape. The main diagram is a representation of the three cities on the sea level with the proportional scale of altitude. In this diagram there are the paths that I walked through toward a particular direction for each city (with the metrical quantity of visibility for each of the step within the path) then I added the transportation means that connect the cities (and the necessary stops).

→    Achievements

1 › Mapping every consistent space from a geographic map, and divided all of those by categories and dimensions.

2 › Calculating the visible spaces and distances from the horizon for organizing the information in a coherent and consistent way. 

→  The method I used to display the information

In the brief summary below there are the components of the first level of the data visualisation, and the way in which I used them.

→  The poster

This is the poster I projected for the visualisation, with several further levels of information (means of transport, mapped urban spaces — empty — related at the students’ life in the cities,  and the cities for which is necessary pass through for the connection during the travel).


→  How I calculated the distance to the horizon

Ignoring the effect of atmospheric refraction, distance to the horizon from an observer close to the Earth’s surface is about d≈3.57√h where d is in kilometres and h is height above ground level in metres.



→ For an observer standing on the ground with h = 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) (average eye-level height), the horizon is at a distance of 4.7 km (2.9 mi).

→ For an observer standing on the ground with h = 2 m (6 ft 7 in), the horizon is at a distance of 5 km (3.1 mi).

→ For an observer atop Mount Everest (8,848 m (29,029 ft) in altitude), the horizon is at a distance of 336 km (209 mi).


— Wikipedia