Do-It-Yourself street views and the urban imaginary of Google Street View

Cinnamon, Jonathan and Gaffney, Alfie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9599-433X (2022) Do-It-Yourself street views and the urban imaginary of Google Street View. Journal of Urban Technology, 29 (3). pp. 95-116. ISSN 1466-1853

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Abstract

Google Street View (GSV) is the de facto platform for street-level visual representation in most settings; however, its coverage is highly uneven due to a range of political, legal, technological, and economic factors. GSV’s spatiotemporal disparities are most evident within cities, and this advances a distorted urban imaginary of absences, fragments, and obsolescences. This paper traces key developments in 360° imaging poised to expand the production and consumption of street-level imagery, including new actors, platforms, technologies, and data production approaches. Then, engaging with consumer-grade imaging technologies and the notion of do-it-yourself urbanism, this paper develops a DIY street view approach as one new mode of producing street-level imagery. Drawing on the findings of a pilot study, the paper considers key practical issues for street-view production, the benefits and risks of DIY approaches in relation to corporate and crowdsourced imagery initiatives, and the politics of urban representation in 360°. Findings suggest that the DIY approach offers the potential for a more “careful curation” of space in 360° street-level representations; however, there are considerations specific to this “third way” that require further attention.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: diy imaging,panoramic photography,street view,platform urbanism,urban visualization,urban studies ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3322
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2022 10:30
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 10:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/89331
DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2021.1910467

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