DataAppeal software provides an alternative to complex mapping tools through an easy to use, web-based GIS application that renders typical data files into beautifully designed multi-dimensional maps and datascapes instantly. For architects, landscape architects, urban planners and designers of the built form, the application is a great tool to utilize evidence-based information to expose new site patterns, to provide alternative 3D modes of mapping for communication purposes, and to aid in the initiation of master plan designs.
It’s also a refreshing way to visually engage professional and students with their site-based data...
While municipal boundaries (zip codes or administrative boundaries) are actually necessary to provide order and organization to the city, they are not reflecting how people actually live and perceive areas.
LUST was asked to design the cover for the 2/2013 issue of Dutch magazine S+RO – Stedenbouw + Ruimtelijke Ordening. The theme of the issue is New Towns, or planned communities.
The policy for the former growing centers has constantly been accompanied by discussions about what their suburbs actually are. The new cities are in fact originated in the tension between urbanity and sub-urbanity. The dominant discourse is that they are not urban enough. There has been much criticism of their lack of urban amenities, identity and historical and spatial layering. Another, more recent discourse is about decay: a gradual process of decline has be observed in the new towns. But despite their bad reputation with outsiders, most residents of the New Towns seem to be satisfied, as suggested by a number of urban sociological studies in Zoetermeer, Nieuwegein and Almere.
atNight project aims to be a first step towards building the image of the night, a necessary first contribution to the (re)definition of the nigh-time identity
atNight project aims to constitute a first step towards the construction of nightscape image, a necessary first contribution to the (re)definition of the nigh-time identity. We have taken the opportunity to explore the potential of city's representation techniques -by means of data visualization and cartography- to generate an interpretative model of nocturnal landscape as a common framework for collective thought.
Interactive Data Visualization App Sheds Light on Energy Use and Inefficient Buildings.
The University of California at Los Angeles today published a map that brings some clarity to how the city uses electricity, block by block.
For consumers, the interactive map shows how each block compares to others and consumption patterns by season. But the Web app is more directly aimed at the municipal utility, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and city planners. The map overlays census and land use information so people can see how income levels affect electricity use and the difference between single family, multi-family, and commercial buildings. Privacy is protected by only showing data at the block level rather than individual buildings.
A snapshot of New York City’s Twitter languages. Visualised is the geography of about 8.5 million geo-located tweets collected between Jan 2010 and Feb 2013. Each tweet is marked by a slightly transparent dot coloured according to the language it was written in.
"Like many such visualizations, Tweetping's primary effect is aesthetic: Tweetping is a visual reminder of the distribution of Twitter, the flow of it, the scale of it. It tracks straight-from-the-API info like total tweets (and words, and characters) per second, as well as latest hashtags and latest @-mentions -- all of those broken down by global geographic area. The map reveals Twitter's digital movements through the physical world via stark explosions of light -- but it reveals just as much through its stagnant swaths of darkness. We talk a lot about the connective power of our new communications technologies -- the flattening effect of the Internet, the democratizing abilities of the web. Tweetping, though, is above all a reminder of how far we have to go until we are truly, and meaningfully, connected.
But it's also a reminder of the global scale of Twitter -- and of the fact that Twitter has its own inclinations and energies. What's maybe most striking about Tweetping is its presentation of data in pulses and punctuations: boomboomboomboom-PAUSE. That's largely an accident of interface, but it also suggests something profound about Twitter and the social web: This stuff has a beat. It has rhythms and rushes and respites. It's its own kind of organism, with its own kind of pulses -- its own kind of heartbeat."
Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on October 29th. Data generated by governments and volunteers in the weeks following the storm stand to provide critical insight into how the region was affected. These pages make such data visible, and serve as launching pad for further investigations into the implications of the storm by researchers at Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. views are multiple.
The 150-mile stretch of the Mississippi River in Louisiana between Baton Rouge and New Orleans is home to a mindboggling concentration of petrochemical plants, industrial facilities that produce the country’s lifeblood of polypropylene, glycol...
In the days before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, few people in New York City anticipated the scale of destruction of the storm. The map shows the height reached by floodwaters, which topped 17 feet in some parts, according to surveys and weather data collected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The map above shows a sample of locations across the country, and line length represents distance to the nearest store. For example, in areas with a lot of lines headed to one spot is an area with fewer grocery stores. In contrast, mostly small line segments mean more grocery stores, and therefore less distance to travel to buy groceries.
Places where residents have limited access to grocery stores are called food deserts. However, there's no exact definition of what limited access means or what a long distance is. Some set a 10-mile marker whereas others say a store should be less than a mile away where there is a lot of pedestrian traffic.
It's great to see more cities adopting plans with goals around access to neighborhood amenities. For example, Washington DC's new sustainability plan has
It’s great to see more cities adopting plans with goals around access to neighborhood amenities. For example, Washington DC’s new sustainability plan has a goal of having 75% of residents within a 5 minute walk of healthy food. But access is only part of the story, depth of choice matters too.
In the travel industry, we’re seeing innovative companies like Airbnb providing more neighborhood information to help people decide where to stay. For example, if you love eating, you might want to stay in a neighborhood with a lot of restaurant choices.
Real estate analysts want to track how places are changing over time. For example, whether a neighborhood is economically vibrant (more businesses are opening) or whether a neighborhood is on the decline (more businesses closing).
We’re excited to announce ChoiceMapsTM, a new way to measure access and choice in neighborhoods.
Sometimes bus riding can feel intimidating, but this visualization proves it: everybody's doing it. Pick a route off the map and watch a day in the life of the line. Buses speed by, passengers jumping on and off. Some lines are slow, some are hopping, and rush hour is often hilarious.
International Women's Day: political rights around the world mapped
How have women's political rights changed around the globe to get to this International Women's Day? This interactive map by Lustlab's Lizzie Malcolm in Amsterdam shows the long history of the fight for suffrage and political representation around the globe. Click and drag on the year slider to see the changing face of women's political representation over the years Who made this map? Lizzie Malcolm, Lustlab
Imagine the data you'd get from recording the original Captain's logs from every Royal Naval vessel from the First World War: location, temperature and time providing a unique record of climate change. The excellent Old Weather has been crowdsourcing every one of those log books - and the result, created by Simon Tokumine using CartoDB, is a fascinating insight into the British Empire at war - albeit of the records which have survived. Old Weather has moved onto US ships in the Arctic now - see how they're doing there
From the farm to your feast, take a look at where these four staples of the holiday meal may have originated.
Geographically, then, big turkey producers are located near to processing plants and the cheap foods that will feed their livestock (Which explains the dots few and far between in regions like Utah and Texas).