Bottom-up Street View aims to create guidelines for the citizen-led collection of street view imagery. The City of Prishtina was selected as a case study given that it remains relatively unexplored by Google Maps’ Street View. In response to the rising pressure of urbanization following Kosovo’s civil war, Prishtina green spaces were largely paved over, leaving an impervious, artificial landscape. The proposed guidelines will cater to pedestrians and cyclists, exposing public spaces such as parks and pedestrian areas that are often omitted from Google Maps’ Street View.
Google Maps’ Street View App will be used to georeference, post-produce and access street view imagery dataset.
Why is street view imagery important?
- Wayfinding tool: more immersive, human-scale alternative to satellite imagery
- Economic tool: greater visibility for street-front businesses
- Research tool: important data set for street-level urban form analysis
Opportunities offered by crowdsourced approach:
- Alternative or complementary solution to google-owned content
- Engage with citizens through gamification
- Customize data collection guidelines for new perspectives on the city (such as urban green)
- Regular or near-real-time updates could expand street-level analysis from static elements (such as urban form) to dynamic elements (such as human behavior)
The overall goal of the project is to crowdsource a complete database of street view imagery for the analysis of urban green in Prishtina.
This work was developed by CRA in parallel to the Manifesta 14 Urban Study project. The Manifesta 14 urban study receives funding from the EU under the Creative Europe Programme (CREA), and agreement 623258-CREA-1-2020-1-NL-CULT-COOP-WB
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