The Real-Time Museum of the City

The Real-Time Museum of the City

The Human Ecosystem comes to life in the Real Time Museum of the city.

You can enter the Real Time Museum of the city and explore it, find yourself in the ecosystem and learn how ask questions to the city using beautiful interactive information visualisations and real-time exhibits.

Real-time museum of the city

Real-time museum of the city

The Human Ecosystem’s Real-Time Museum of the City is an extraordinary experience in which the whole relational ecosystem of the city becomes perceivable, in real-time, right before your eyes.

It can be imagined as a peculiar planetarium which, instead of showing stars and constellations, shows people, relationships, communities and communications, as they happen, in real time.


The dots are people, and they rearrange according to how they establish relationships by communicating on social networks. There are millions of people pictured in the relational ecosystem of the city, united through a number of constellations: the communities of which they are part of, just as described in the Relational Ecosystem.

It is an extraordinary interactive experience which pushes the perception of what is possible, of what a city is and of what being part of the city can be. The complexity of life in the city becomes immediately perceivable, thanks to the complexity-oriented information visualisations.

The Real Time Museum has a physical location and an online location.

While most of its features can be comfortably explored from home, on a computer, we firmly believe in the necessity of having a physical location for the Real Time Museum of the city.

First of all because of the experience. While The Real Time Museum can be experienced online, not everyone can benefit from massive projections, immersive soundscapes, 3D and gestural interfaces for interaction with a complex, data-rich environment, which can be made react to your natural gestures, movements and traversals.

This is a very important feature, as it represents in our perception a powerful experience which is able to create a state of suspension, a shift of what we believe can be possible, a new idea of the city, built from living, expressing people, rather than by buildings and streets.

This is a very important concept, as it enables us to intimately transform the ways in which we perceive our cities.

Furthermore, the physical location is important because it is a common. It is a shared, open, permeable space which can be accessed and used by anyone, without any barriers. This also is fundamental in creating a new sense for the city, in which Public Spaces exist and are a precious, exciting, valuable resource for communities.

The act of actually getting out into the city, and going to a place, together with other people, and to share that space, to use it together, to learn how to collaborate is transformative.

In the Real Time Museum of the City you can explore the human ecosystem of the city in realtime or in archive, browsing the present and past of the city.

The archive modality is very important, as it helps to understand how the city changes through time. What were people happy about last year? And what did they fear? What were they anxious about? How did communities change? How did they communicate? What information, communication and discussion flows took place? How has people’s roles changed within their communities? These are all fundamental questions which can find answer by browsing and comparing the time dimension of the city and of its relational ecosystem.

In the Real Time Museum of the City you can find yourself. You can look for yourself in the relational ecosystem, in the starry field of human relations in the city. You can observe what communities you take part in. How they changed over time. What roles you have in them. You can understand which people in your city think and discuss things which you’re interested in, who thinks like you and different from you. You can find out how to connect with other communities, how to establish bridges, how many degrees of separations you have. You will be surprised, finding out that we are really close to each other, and very connected. You will discover that we can talk, discuss and collaborate, for a better city.

In the Real Time Museum of the City you can ask questions to the city. What do people talk about? Where are they happy? Where do they go to have fun, to learn, to be together? Where do they express different emotions, and in what contexts? How do they talk about a certain issue? What to different communities think about specific issues? And more. For each question you will get answers under the form human networks: the networks according to which the city expresses about your question, with people being interconnected through their opinions, takes, emotional expressions.

The Real Time Museum of the City is for everyone: it is for citizens, schools, tourists, architecture lovers, city and urbanism enthusiasts, artists, anthropologists, information and communication scientists, sociologists and more. It is for everyone who desires to learn more about how human beings live, express and relate in the city.