Urbica and Greenpeace Russia are launching a new collaboration. We are redesigning recyclemap.ru that helps people find recycling points in their cities. The first step is a beta release.


70M tons of solid waste is produced in Russia every year, some of it needs hundreds of years to decompose. The best way to get rid of the waste is to not be creating it and to not use disposable stuff. The garbage is better be sorted by fractions: plastic, glass, paper, etc. — and recycled. …

This August, we’ve released our first augmented reality iOS app — AReal. We thought it would be easy to take the existing SDKs, watch some tutorials and build an app in a couple of months. We were wrong.

By the way, AReal is now Open Source.

The map in the AReal app

In this post, we want to talk about AReal as a map-oriented project and to share our experience of switching to AR map after developing a lot of web stuff.

TL;DR: Mapbox has recently released v0.46.0 of it’s GL JS API. This is a tutorial on how to use this technology to visualize large spatiotemporal datasets. We’ll show the change of NYC Citibike trips over time as an example of Mapbox GL JS’s capabilities.

Demo: here

Source code: here

A lot of objects and events that can be visualized on a map are dynamic in space and time. Some examples of Urbica’s projects that used spatiotemporal data are the map of GULAG History and NYC bike share system rebalancing vizualisation.

When designing a cartographic application with a lot of data you should always keep in…

The GULAG History Museum approached us two years ago, in March 2016, with a project request of an interactive map that would display the historical development of the GULAG labour camps system from inception to the end of operation. In cooperation with the research department and the curatorial and technical team of the museum, we have created a product where high technology, history and social significance are intertwined.

Look for the map at gulagmap.ru.

Main page

March the 3rd teams from all over Russia came to Innopolis University to take part in a GIS-themed hackathon. Two analysts, two developers (frontend and backend) and a designer from Urbica formed a team and travelled to snow-covered and frosty town of Innopolis to spend two days creating a tool that can help urban-planners to build optimal public transport routes considering demands of city-dwellers.

Our team

The Idea

The hosts provided urban data and proposed the teams to create a GIS service that can improve the life of citizens of Tatarstan (region where Innopolis is located) in some way.

Urbica has been working in…

We have already posted about Velobike — Moscow’s bike rental service — and its stats for 2014–2016. We continued to cooperate with Velobike and decided to apply the knowledge acquired and data collected so far toward optimizing the service this year.

The majority of public bike shares, including Velobike, face issues with irregular route shifts. This happens for a variety of reasons, but nevertheless, a bike share should at the very least be able to supply bicycles and free parking slots when and where they are needed. Unfortunately, these situations still occur:

Urbica Summer Internship programme has started in the beginning of the summer ’17. Internship team included cartographer, analyst, engineer and ecologist with two mentors from Urbica.

Purpose of the internship was not only to make a noise map for Moscow, but also to create a methodology for noise mapping anywhere in the world with similar data and tools. Of course, we didn’t realise, how hard it was going to be and what problems we would face.

Urban noise map

We began with creating our hypothesis and studying fellow scientists ideas. For example, Swiss software developer Lucas Martinelli suggested a very simple idea on…

Okay, after Walkstreets iOS launch, we’re releasing Walkstreets Android version.

Christine’s hand, again!

Walkstreets is the first app for pedestrian navigation through the city. We don’t just guide you on the map — we build comfortable routes along the greenest or quietest streets, as well as streets with the most fresh air.

Read the blog post about Walkstreets app we’ve posted before or download it at Apple AppStore or Google Play 🚶

Urbica practice in information design, user interfaces and data analysis. We are focused on human experience design around cities.

Urbica carried out research for the Moscow Urban Forum 2017 — we analyzed and visualized tons of different data and discovered a lot of interesting things about urban agglomerations.

Populations density of London’s agglomeration, per square km.

What is an urban agglomeration? It is the concentration of people in built-up areas that extend outward from cities. As this process unfolds, complex relationships develop between different parts of the city due to the movement of goods and people, including traffic and commuting patterns. To better understanding the process of agglomeration, we collected various data and integrated them into one data exploration tool — «The Age of urban agglomerations». …

We are launching the Walkstreets app which creates comfortable and pleasant routes in Moscow.

Some of the people who follow Urbica remember our Walking Streets project. For a long time it was just a conception, then — an early prototype. Today we are happy to announce that we have transformed it into something you cn actually test.

Or app called Walkstreets was released in AppStore this morning. UPD: here is Android version. Before that we spent nearly a year brainstorming, testing the hypothesis, developing, working on the data and the methods, building several models of noize sensors, and a…


Urbica Design practice in information design, user interfaces and data analysis. We are focused on human experience design around cities.

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