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18 Visions Of The City Of The Future, From The Past

18 Visions Of The City Of The Future, From The Past | visual data | Scoop.it

In 1939, visitors stood in line for hours to see the Futurama exhibit at the New York World's Fair, a detailed model imagining 1960s America. Complete with half a million tiny buildings and a million handmade miniature trees, it also visualized a network of highways crossing the country. And while the interstate system probably would have been built without it, it's arguable that the visualization—sponsored by GM—helped the roads happen.

A new exhibit called the Future City, up now at London's Royal Institute of British Architects, looks at how drawings and models of futuristic cities can shape the cities that actually are built.

"Visualizations of future cities contribute to our collective imagination," says Nick Dunn from Lancaster University "They provide us with visionary projections of how we might live. Reexamining these from a historical perspective can give us new insights and greater understanding of the developments and patterns that shape the present, and in turn, their implications for our future."

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Inside Arcology, the City of the Future (Infographic)

Inside Arcology, the City of the Future (Infographic) | visual data | Scoop.it

For over a century, writers and architects have imagined the cities of the future.

In the late 1960s, architect Paolo Soleri envisioned “arcology” - a word that combines “architecture” and “ecology," with a goal of building structures to house large populations in self-contained environments with a self-sustaining economy and agriculture.
 
“In the three-dimensional city, man defines a human ecology. In it he is a country dweller and metropolitan man in one. By it the inner and the outer are at ‘skin’ distance. He has made the city in his own image. Arcology: the city in the image of man.” (Paolo Soleri)
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luiy's curator insight, July 8, 2013 7:42 AM
For over a century, writers and architects have imagined the cities of the future as giant structures that contain entire metropolises. To some, these buildings present the best means for cities to exist in harmony with nature, while others forsee grotesque monstrosities destructive to the human spirit. In the mid-20th century, engineer and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller imagined city-enclosing plastic domes and enormous housing projects resembling nuclear cooling towers. These ideas are impractical but they explore the limits of conventional architectural thinking.  Science fiction writers and artists often imagine future architecture that oppresses the human spirit. Megastructures such as the pyramid-like Tyrell Buildings of “Blade Runner” dominate a decrepit skyline. The decaying old city is simply covered with layers of newer, larger buildings in a process of “retrofitting.” Beginning in the late 1960s, architect Paolo Soleri envisioned a more humane approach. The word “arcology” is a combination of “architecture” and “ecology.” The goal is to build megastructures that would house a population of a million or more people, but in a self-contained environment with its own economy and agriculture. “In the three-dimensional city, man defines a human ecology. In it he is a country dweller and metropolitan man in one. By it the inner and the outer are at ‘skin’ distance. He has made the city in his own image. Arcology: the city in the image of man.” (Paolo Soleri) In 1996, a group of 75 Japanese corporations commissioned Soleri to design the one-kilometer-tall Hyper Bulding, a vertical city for 100,000 people. Existing in harmony with nature, the Hyper Building was designed to recycle waste, produce food in greenhouses, and use the sun’s light and heat for power and climate control.  The structure was designed for passive heating and cooling without the need for machinery. An economic recession put the brakes on the project and it was never built. Soleri’s arcology concept is being put to the test in the Arcosanti experimental community being built in Arizona. Construction began in 1970. When complete the town will house 5,000 people. Buildings are composed of locally produced concrete and are designed to capture sunlight and heat. To be built in the desert near Abu Dhabi, Masdar is a 2.3-square-mile (6 sq km) planned city of 40,000 residents. Buildings are designed to reduce reliance on artificial lighting and air conditioning, and the city will run entirely on solar power and renewable energy. Begun in 2006, the project is planned for completion around 2020-2025.
Fàtima Galan's curator insight, July 9, 2013 5:44 AM

Amazing and beautiful analysis!! Believe it or not, the science fiction also has something to teach us about the city of tomorrow.

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The Future of Data Visualization Tools

The Future of Data Visualization Tools | visual data | Scoop.it

Data is everywhere and well-designed data graphics can be both beautiful and meaningful. As visualizations take center stage in a data-centric world, researchers and developers spend much time understanding and creating better visualizations. But they spend just as much time understanding how tools can help programmers and designers create visualizations faster, more effectively, and more enjoyably.


As any visualization practitioner will tell you, turning a dataset from raw stuff in a file to a final result in a picture is far from a single-track, linear path. Rather, there is a constant iteration of competing designs, tweaking and evaluating at once their pros and cons. The visualization research community has recognized the importance of keeping track of this process.


Read the complete article to learn more about the future of the practice and the tools that enable designers to create thoughtful infographics and visualizations...

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Data Analytics & Big Data: An infographic guide

Data Analytics & Big Data: An infographic guide | visual data | Scoop.it

The quick reference guide to big data and data analytics; from the definition to the history and future applications of big data.

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Aurélia-Claire Jaeger's curator insight, January 31, 2013 3:03 AM

Superbe infographie pour un résumé en image !

Shawn Neville's curator insight, January 31, 2013 10:49 AM

Big Data clarity from Deloitte....

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Infographic: the Future of Big Data

Infographic: the Future of Big Data | visual data | Scoop.it

Big data is not new. It has existed for ages and can be attributed even to the initial years of computing. However, one might do well to consider why is there an increased buzz around this now.

The answer is quite simple: Significant advances that have been brought about by x86 hardware have actually helped in bringing computing power to the masses. However, with new technologies, cloud computing has extended this power. Now, users have extended perimeters, while still being able to control costs effectively...

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FastCo’s Cliff Kuang on Infographics & the Infographics Industry

FastCo’s Cliff Kuang on Infographics & the Infographics Industry | visual data | Scoop.it

Cliff Kuang (@cliffkuang) is the founding editor of Fast Company’s Co.Design, the publication’s site dedicated to the discussion of the intersection between business and design. Previously, Kuang has been an editor at I.D. magazine and The Economist. His work has been featured in Wired, Popular Science, and GOOD. We recently had a chance to chat with Kuang about a subject very close to home: infographics. We talked about the good, the bad, and the ugly, as well as where the industry is headed...

 

Click on the link for the complete interview.

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Data Journalist David McCandless on the Future of Data Viz

Data Journalist David McCandless on the Future of Data Viz | visual data | Scoop.it
David McCandless is a UK-based author, data journalist, and information designer who has published multiple books on data visualization.

 

His work has appeared in Wired, The Guardian, the TED Conference, as well as the New York Museum of Modern Art.

He took time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions on his influences, fields that need to embrace data visualization, and what he’ll be up to in the future...

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Data as Narrative at SXSW Interactive

Data as Narrative at SXSW Interactive | visual data | Scoop.it

Nicola Hughes, at The Guardian, reminded us that until now the “roles of narrators, curators, and computers have been very differentiated, but now it is super smeared and undefined.” She also reminded us that “algorithms we use to sort through data are not apolitical. What you find on Google are things that are interesting to the public, but not necessarily in the public interest.”

 

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Defining The Future Of Infographics

Defining The Future Of Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Ross Crooks, cofounder of the infographics firm Column Five, rounds up some of the most interesting trends impacting the discipline.
Now that everyone loves them, early adopters and forward thinkers want to know what is next for the infographic. Is this just the beginning of a visual revolution, or have they already jumped the shark? This is an important question, especially for those who are making large investments in the medium, such as publishers and marketers...

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Infographics are Useful –But They Must Evolve « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing

Infographics are Useful –But They Must Evolve « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing | visual data | Scoop.it
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Timeline of the far future

Timeline of the far future | visual data | Scoop.it

From BBC Future:

What do we expect will happen in one thousand years time? Or one million years? Or even one billion? As our amazing timeline shows, there may be trouble ahead.

First, we brought you a prediction of the forthcoming year. Then we brought you a timeline of the near future, revealing what could happen up to around 100 years time. But here’s our most ambitious set of predictions yet – from what could happen in one thousand years time to one hundred quintillion years (that’s 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 years)...

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The Past & Future of Infographics

The Past & Future of Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

It could be argued that early caveman actually invented infographics.


It wasn’t until 1626, however, that infographics were published in the book Rosa Ursina Sive Sol by Christoph Scheiner. His illustrations clearly and concisely demonstrated the rotation patterns of the Sun. After that, infographics appeared regularly in a variety of other publications.


In the 1970’s, The Sunday Times, an award-winning British newspaper, began using infographics to make the news more interesting. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, other newspapers began following suit.


By the turn of the 21st century, new technologies emerged that enabled a host of companies to create infographics quickly and easily. Infographics slowly began making their way onto websites, in magazines, products and games...

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The Big Data Explosion [infographic]

The Big Data Explosion [infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it

Data is everywhere!

Take a look at the data that is being produced throughout the world every day and the sources of the explosion of big data...

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Andres Zurita's curator insight, February 5, 2013 6:27 AM

amazing flow of info...

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Tomorrow’s world: A visual guide to the next 150 years

Tomorrow’s world: A visual guide to the next 150 years | visual data | Scoop.it

As we begin a new year, BBC Future has compiled 40 intriguing predictions made by scientists, politicians, journalists, bloggers and other assorted pundits in recent years about the shape of the world from 2013 to 2150.


They range from the serious to the fanciful, from the exciting to the petrifying.

And to get a gauge on how likely they are to happen, we asked the special bets department at British betting firm Ladbrokes to give us their odds on each prediction coming true.


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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 8, 2013 6:23 PM

Be prepared for the future...

Anthony Burke's curator insight, January 29, 2013 3:12 AM

How many of these will come true,,,ha...ha I remember some of the great predictions in the past that never made it, whilst the unpredicted did. Anyone remember the "atomic" egg that would fit in a box to power all your household power needs? Anyone remember all the free time we were going to have to manage because robots and AI would be doing all the work?

Guillaume Decugis's comment, January 30, 2013 12:33 AM
And flying cars for the year 2,000? ;-) Great infographic nevertheless. Thanks for sharing!
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Infographic: 50 People Shaping The Future Of Design

Infographic: 50 People Shaping The Future Of Design | visual data | Scoop.it
In our design issue last year, the Co.Design 50 laid out 50 of the most influential designers in America. This year, as a sequel, we took it upon ourselves to highlight 50 people who are shaping the future of design.

That sounds like a funny task. But our staff was after people pushing the boundaries of their discipline into promising new directions. 

We think that if you look at the ideas each one of these people represents, you’ll find a broad narrative about how design is changing--how businesses are using design in surprising ways, how our interactions with computers and handheld devices are evolving, and how high-tech processes are working their ways into once-static disciplines.

To map out all of these people for our October 2012 issue, we tapped Ben Gibson, the designer behind Popchart Labs. I think you’ll agree that Ben did a superb job, and came up with an elegant solution for charting all of the myriad disciplines that each of these remarkable people touch upon. Enjoy!

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Interactive Things: Benjamin Wiederkehr on the Future of Information Visualization

Interactive Things: Benjamin Wiederkehr on the Future of Information Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it

Benjamin Wiederkehr is the managing director and a founding member of Interactive Things, a design studio based in Zurich. Interactive Things has produced work for the city of Geneva, National Geographic, and the United Nations.

He’s also a friend of ours. As part of a new, ongoing series of features on our blog, we decided to profile Ben and talk to him a bit about our industry.

We’re excited to share some of his insight on his influences, the use of small, close-knit teams, and the future of information visualization and Interactive Things...

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The Future of Data Visualization

The Future of Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it
Like everything else, the future of data visualization is hard to predict -- but some recent developments can help us see where the field is going. There is also some structure in the field that points to what will change and what will likely stay the same.

 

Here are trends that are shaping data visualization today -- and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future:

 

Data is everywhere - and readily accessible


The open data movement is finally beginning to have some real impact. Governments are beginning to open up and give people access to the data they have rights to. Some corporations are realizing they don’t need to keep closed doors on all of their data, especially if they are doing the right thing anyway. The number of places to find open data on the web is growing rapidly, and shows no signs of slowing...

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Envisioning the Future of Technology

Envisioning the Future of Technology | visual data | Scoop.it

Long Now Research Fellow Stuart Candy brought to our attention this visualization, which shows projections of what sorts of technologies will be available in the future, how soon, and how important they will be. It was created by London-based designer Michell Zappa, who leads a ‘technological trend bureau’ called Envisioning Technology. Their website explains that they seek to describe “where society is inexorably heading in the near future.”

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MindTimeMaps.com - Mapping the world of thinking

MindTimeMaps.com - Mapping the world of thinking | visual data | Scoop.it
In only minutes MindTime maps reveal vital information about how thinking shapes our world - as individuals and organizations.

Via Anne Caspari
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