Exhibit: City Cells

An Augmented Reality experience from Data Canvas: Sense Your City.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


July 16, 2015 - September 11, 2015


Free. No registration required. Contact us for a group appointment.

Our cities are immersed in an invisible data smog produced by a plethora of sensors, video cameras, Wi-Fi networks, and smartphones located all around us. What if we could find an engaging way to access and decipher this permanent flow of bits going through the streets and buildings?

The art installation City Cells, produced as part of the Data Canvas project Sense Your City, offers an interactive journey through the data landscapes of seven cities across the world, each represented by a poster: Bangalore, Boston, Geneva, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Singapore. By pointing an iPad at a poster, the visitor discovers visualizations fed by ongoing measurements of pollution, noise, light, humidity, temperature, and dust from do-it-yourself environmental sensors deployed for Sense Your City.

City Cells was designed by Baptiste Milési and Nicolas Baudillon of Transmïi Studio, Raphaël Munoz of Aprobado Studio, and Cassandre Poirier-Simon with support from the City of Geneva.

Exhibit Hours

Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Walk-ins welcome. Contact us for a group appointment.
Closed Labor Day

More Info

Data Canvas, a partnership between swissnex San Francisco, Gray Area Foundation, and Lift, is a media network that promotes public education around civic issues.

After a first data visualization challenge on public transportation in 2013, the founding partners teamed up again to launch Sense Your City. A hundred volunteers in seven cities built their own DIY environmental sensors, and in February 2015, Data Canvas opened the data streams from these devices and initiated a second data visualization challenge.

For 10 weeks, designers, makers, hackers, artists, data scientists, urbanists, students, and citizens around the globe were invited to use the collected data as raw material. An exhibition featuring 13 of the best competition entries was held in Geneva in April and May 2015.

City Cells, which was commissioned and shown for the first time on that occasion, is a continuation of Data Canvas’s experimentation in creatively engaging the public and fostering debate around civic issues and data.



Photo: Myleen Hollero