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OTTO Alpha (prototype)

Orthographic Trans Territorial Operator

OTTO is a sensing apparatus to acquire urban energy data through multiple sensors.

OTTO scans the urban environment in real time using a Ouster Lidar sensor and maps further sensor data onto the point cloud.

Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging): A lidar uses a laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) to transmit a light pulse and a receiver with sensitive detectors to measure the backscattered or reflected light. Lidars can determine atmospheric profiles of aerosols, clouds, and other constituents of the atmosphere. (

Why to scan the urban realm?

This research project hypothesizes that the urban metabolism is influenced by the interaction, transportation, and transformation of different streams of information that is topologically connected in-between multiple layers of urban systems.

One of these layers can be illustrated as flows of energy that is governed by the second law of thermodynamics. These flows of energy are only perceived as a uniform stimulation field composed of at-mospheric effects, light, climate, sounds, and smell among others. By decomposing this stimulation field into sep-arate data-streams, this project aims to understand the urban amalgam, from the perspective of metabolism. Rec-ognizing the urban morphology as a durational process within the continuum of time, the project aims to reflect on future changes in the urban environment, embracing the necessity of adaptation to climate change.


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