This idea has been on my mind for almost a month so I want to put up a quick post.
I’ve been reading how designer and researchers like Mike Kuniavsky and Fabien Girardin [PDF slides] view data captured within cities can be viewed as materials for designers. Taking the view point of an end-user, I think data are becoming a natural element that common people have to learn to deal with in our daily lives, much like fire and wind to our early ancestors. We understand the power of data but the concept (i.e. behaviors, appearance and properties) of data has become very elusive.