David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

June 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Urbanism | No Comments »

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 11,000 maps online, all of which you can search and view through their insight browser. They also provide an online 2D and 3D GIS browser. In 2D, multiple historical maps from the collection can be overlayed with GIS vector data to reveal the history underlying the current landscape. Launch the TimeViewer for an animated sequence through the history of your selected maps. (The interface is slow, but we’ve all been spoiled with Google’s Maps and Ajax.) In 3D, historical maps warped by digital elevation models (DEMS) provide a fly-through environment in a virtual terrain of the past.

NTT DoCoMo's 'Keitai City' Design Competition

June 5th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Future, Social, Urbanism | No Comments »

NTT DoCoMo’s 1st Architectural Design Competition titled ‘Keitai City’ (which literally translates as ‘portable’ but is the common term for ‘cell phone’), questions the future of the city as cell phones become a part of the infrastructure to everyday life.

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Mapping Mannahatta : Manhattan circa 1609

May 13th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Future, Mapping, Sustainability, Urbanism | 2 Comments »

Landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson, of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) at New York’s Bronx Zoo, is recreating a virtual 1609 (Henry Hudson) landscape of Manhattan. The Mannahatta Project is collecting hundreds of years of animal and plant studies which are fed into a computer program for analysis to create layers of information of every species. Upon completion of the data analysis using GIS technology, the WCS plans to show New York’s ‘wild past’ through a coffee-table book with transparent overlays and computer simulations.

via Sciencentral (video clip)

Sprol : Badness via Satellite

May 12th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Sustainability, Urbanism | 1 Comment »

Sprol takes you on a tour of the ‘worst places in the world via satellite imagery’ with a mission ‘to use the powers of space imaging to show people the visual macroscopic effects of our decisions and behavior’. Urban sprawl, logging, and chemical spills are all devastating, but sometimes beautiful.

Reality Mining : Big Brother at MIT Media Lab

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

Reality Mining, headed by Nathan Eagle at MIT Media Lab, captures communication, proximity, location, and phone activity information from 100 Bluetooth enabled Symbian Series 60 cell phones. The project aims to reveal the inner workings of social systems as patterns of micro-behavior, accompanied by surveys, are accurately recorded and visualized. Upon completion, the dataset which will exceed 60 years of individual behavior will be release to the public (anonymous version, of course).

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Virtualised Reality : Model a City in Hours

May 5th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Internet, Mapping, Urbanism, Virtual Reality | 2 Comments »

Avideh Zakhor and her team at UC Berkley recently modeled downtown Berkeley in 4½ hours (26 minutes of driving plus 4 hours of data processing). By mounting lasers and digital cameras to virtually any vehicle, the truck or plane becomes a highly efficient large scale scanner. Initial usage of the device is aimed at military purposes using unmanned aircrafts in swarms to scan and model enemy territory. Zakhor is also developing a time based scanner resulting in a 4-dimensional model.

via New Scientist | wmmna

Papercrete : Recycling Paper into Concrete

April 26th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Building Tech, Fabrication Tech, Materials, Products, Sustainability, Urbanism | No Comments »

Living in Paper offers an extensive introduction into “papercrete”, an innovative construction material currently going through testing. The construction material’s performance has several advantages over concrete and uses recycled paper from just about any source as the aggregate.

via Treehugger

The High Line, NYC

April 21st, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Urbanism | No Comments »

Keep it. . .

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Social Explorer

April 20th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Social, Urbanism | No Comments »

Interactively explore the US census 2000 data through Social Explorer. Select the type of data to be mapped and zoom in all the way to your street.

via WorldChanging

Electronic Cities 101

April 19th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Future, Internet, Urbanism | No Comments »

Electronic Cities offers a great introduction to the latest technologies that are changing the way we interact and appropriate spaces as we move towards an electronic city.