The Architecture of Radio is a location based immersive 360º visualization of the Infosphere, the man-made ecosystem of wireless infrastructure. We are completely surrounded by an invisible system of data cables and radio signals from access points, cell towers, and overhead satellites. Our digital lives depend on these very physical systems for communication, observation, and navigation. The app visualizes this network of networks by reversing the ambient nature of the infosphere; hiding the visible while revealing the hidden technological landscape we interact with through our devices. By revealing the defining infrastructure of this time, the Architecture of Radio hopes to inspire a relation between ourselves and the technological world we are building.
The Architecture of Radio is a data visualization, based on global open datasets of cell tower, Wi-Fi, and satellite locations. Based on your GPS location the app shows a 360-degree visualization of signals around you. The dataset includes almost 7 million cell towers, 19 million Wi-Fi routers, and hundreds of satellites.
Studio Richard Vijgen (NL) is a studio for contemporary information culture, which investigates new strategies to find big stories in big data through research and design. The work is rooted in the digital domain but always connects with physical or social space. Studio Richard Vijgen produces interactive data visualizations and installations ranging from microscopic to architectural in scale, and uses code, pixels, and 3D printers to describe the world. The work has been recognized internationally by Wired, The Los Angeles Museum of Art, Rhizome.org, and the Dutch Design Awards. Richard teaches Information Design and Interactive Architecture at the Arnhem School of Art and Design (NL) and the Design Academy in Eindhoven (NL).