The Falkirk Wheel

December 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Mechanical Tech, Urbanism | 4 Comments »

The The Falkirk Wheel is a giant rotating boat lift and elevated canal developed by British Waterways to reconnect the Union Canal with the Forth & Clyde Canal, re-establishing east to west coast access for boats.

Thanks, Bryan.

Pervasive Gaming

December 4th, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Social, Urbanism | No Comments »

The world of online gaming is creeping into reality as elaborate games like The Beast exploit the various digital networks to envelope reality with a coat of mystery, suspense, fun, fear, and even exercise. [article] (more on pervasive games at Cloudmakers)
via networked_performance

The Push Button House

December 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Sustainability, Urbanism | 3 Comments »

Adam Kalkin‘s Push Button House is a shipping container fully pimped out to reveal its lavish insides with the push of a button. “It works like a flower – you push a button and the thing transforms itself.”


Time-lapse video of Panama Canal locks

November 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Urbanism, Video | 2 Comments »

Time lapse video of Panama Canal Miraflores locks

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PSP/ Royal College of Art

November 15th, 2005 | Filed under: Humor, Social, Urbanism | 1 Comment »

6 students from the Royal College of Art have designed a landscape of concept furniture derived from the statue-like forms of people sitting, standing or leaning against walls engaged in playing the PlayStation Portable (PSP). The furniture is designed for use specifically when playing the PSP. . . Initial inspiration came from observing group play at a barbecue: when still light in the early evening, a group of players put their coats over their heads to create shade and see the PSP’s screen better. Despite not being able to see each other at all, they continued to happily taunt, insult and otherwise interact with each other as is the norm throughout the course of a game. [PSP/RCA]

Thanks, Matt.

Animated Open Street Map

November 11th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Urbanism, Video | 2 Comments »

OpenStreetMap has an animated time-lapse map of eCourier (a courier service in London) movement over a three day period. Watch London pulsate. [video]

via Cartography

Metro Arts and Architecture

November 10th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Urbanism | 2 Comments »

Metro Arts and Architecture | art and architecture of underground railways

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ISPOTS : Real-Time Wireless Map

November 8th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Social, Urbanism | No Comments »

ISPOTS tracks wireless Internet access points on the MIT campus into a visualization of usage patterns in the last 24 hours. [launch (right click to zoom)]
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Golden Gate Suicide Map

November 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Social, Urbanism | 2 Comments »

The Golden Gate Bridge is the world’s No. 1 suicide magnet, in part because it makes suicide so easy. People jump and kill themselves there, an average of 19 a year. In the peak year, 1977, there were 40 suicides. Some dive not expecting obscurity or oblivion but a kind of grace — a welcoming body of water that inducts the jumper into nature. The SF Chronicle discusses the issues surrounding the Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier (map & timeline).

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Flight Patterns

November 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Programming, Urbanism | No Comments »

Aaron Koblin‘s Flight Patterns takes data from the FAA and parses them into a series of beautiful visualizations through Processing. [overview video] [3D blobular visualization]