Post 10: Reflection and Proposition

The Never-ending Summer 

Basis: Information/data that fuels my response the issue of climate change

  • 90% of all urban areas are coastal / most cities are at risk of flooding and powerful storms 
  • 70% of cities are already dealing with the effects of climate change
  • Larger cities have a ravenous appetite for energy, consuming ⅔ of the world’s energy and creating over 70% of global CO2 emissions
  • on per-capita analysis, attached low-rise dwellings perform best in terms of CO₂, with suburban and high-rise successively worse:

    [ The 37 tonnes of total CO₂ consumed per person each year by downtown Sydney residents is, for example, more than double the 16 tonnes produced by residents of Blacktown. There’s a carbon devil in the detail on density. ]

  •  Greenhouse gases are still the highest contributor toward climate change


  • How will infrastructure be if population continues to grow at the current rate and in the face of rising sea levels and growing temperatures?
  • How will our energy and emissions change alongside a growing population?
  • What sort of pollution will occur? This will most likely affect all sectors not just in regards to litter and physical waste, but also noise, air, light…
  • How hot could it possibly get? How will we cope?
  • How will we keep up with resources?

Intent: To educate and inspire 18-24 year olds of Sydney. Lifestyle and the beauty of Sydney is something we value greatly and by creating a shocking image of the near future, hopefully a desire to change will be ignited.

  • Localising the climate change issue
  • Tying in issues very relevant to 18-25 year olds and their futures to create awareness and urgency
  • Better understand the implications of individual actions and community effects on the environment that we may not normally see as being influencers / a reminder that everyday we contribute to the climate change issue whether it be positive or negative
  • Inspire creation and innovation
  • Out of sight, out of mind: often we need physical or visual proof to be reminded of the impacts of climate change, a visual data representation using uncomplicated representations of data will hopefully make a lot of the big issues more accessible and easier to gauge for audiences

Proposition: Generative data + prediction to visually convey the future climate and density of Sydney based on current trends in Sydney. Envisioning the landscape in an engaging and immersive way that is educational but hopefully also creates an emotive response to the issue of climate change

The concept behind my design proposition is to use either set data or generative data that will be translated into a visual representation of a possible Sydney if we don’t change the way we interact with the environment. Whether this be abstract or literal (photo imagery/videography?) is yet to be finalised but what most importantly I want to create an immersive space that engages all the senses – the idea is to show that this prediction could very much be a reality in the distant future. The installation itself will most likely involve large projections or screens as I want the data to physically change and morph to data patterns.

After peer feedback the biggest issue was which specific data I would draw from. The visualisation and concept generation of the installation is clear in my head but the need to create a smaller focus group of data became evident – as well as a need to finalise where I will be drawing my data from. I have yet to decide on all elements of data to be conveyed however some set information sets include population and weather patterns that would be obtained from the government resources, weather bureau and meteorologist predictions – I think it would be interesting to factor in noise to emulate dense spaces of people. Some other considerations I had regarding my proposition

  • Using real time data of Sydney’s energy usage and current data on resources to combine with data on the increasing population of Sydney
  • Visual patterns to convey density and sound to show other elements such as noise pollution, building upward –> Also include colour to visualise intensity of heat
  • Scale of the installation
  • Prediction: I will most likely to have to generate some of the predicted data myself by looking at trends and applying an average to predict what will happen in the future


Image Source
Unknown Artist, tumblr,