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PlayCam: A New Perspective on Urban Play

Artists: CJ & Scout
Based on designs by Jeffrey Warren
Implemented @: Game Piece Plaza, City Hall

Well, we are taking a page out of Jules Verne on this one. How do interventions, social acts, etc change the traffic flow of a space? We can’t think of a better way to observe this than to launch a fun little eye in the sky. Introducing PlayCam 1. This little ditty will be traveling to all of our events documenting how that particular intervention has affected traffic flow through a space. We will be looking specifically to see what types of people congregate, participate, and their movements in and around the events.

Project: Grassroots Mapping from PlayPhilly on Vimeo.

We got a little help from the MIT guys who came up with a brilliant little home brew solution to aerial photography. So if you are interested in building your own kit, check out the project here grassrootsmapping.org. Or follow other people’s projects in DIY exploration at the The Public Laboratory.

Fabrication Shots:

We’ll be posting more launch dates shortly.

UPDATE: We had our first flight yesterday to test out the little bugger, there’s certainly a few kinks to work out but check out the shots below!
Game Piece Plaza, on March 4, 2011


City Hall on March 4, 2011

And here is a few shots from the ground, of people looking up…

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Site #001: 2 Penn Plaza

Artists: CJ & Scout
Based on designs by Jeffrey Warren
Implemented @: Game Piece Plaza, City Hall

Well, we are taking a page out of Jules Verne on this one. How do interventions, social acts, etc change the traffic flow of a space? We can’t think of a better way to observe this than to launch a fun little eye in the sky. Introducing PlayCam 1. This little ditty will be traveling to all of our events documenting how that particular intervention has affected traffic flow through a space. We will be looking specifically to see what types of people congregate, participate, and their movements in and around the events.

Project: Grassroots Mapping from PlayPhilly on Vimeo.

We got a little help from the MIT guys who came up with a brilliant little home brew solution to aerial photography. So if you are interested in building your own kit, check out the project here grassrootsmapping.org. Or follow other people’s projects in DIY exploration at the The Public Laboratory.

Fabrication Shots:

We’ll be posting more launch dates shortly.

UPDATE: We had our first flight yesterday to test out the little bugger, there’s certainly a few kinks to work out but check out the shots below!
Game Piece Plaza, on March 4, 2011


City Hall on March 4, 2011

And here is a few shots from the ground, of people looking up…