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Mapping the Way to Safer Urban Mobility

Mobility, Safety, and Mapping

According to a recent Thomson Reuters Foundation study of the world’s 16 largest metropolitan areas, harassment on public transport is a growing problem for cities worldwide. Nearly 60 percent of the 6,555 women surveyed admitted to having been physically harassed.[read more]

A New Map of the World's Ecosystems

January 15, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Eco Map Creation

A new, free, web-based tool from the US Geological Survey and ESRI allows us to gain a better understanding of the ecological character of any place in the world. The web site can be used by everyone, from local officials to landscape architects and conservationists, to visualize complex ecological patterns.[read more]

These Maps Help to Visualize the World's Urban Growth

December 12, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Mapping the Growth of Cities

We are living in the midst of the urban century. Though it is common knowledge that the world is urbanizing, it can be striking to visualize this growth on a map. For example, how do you show how Asian countries are undergoing a century-long rural to urban migration? These maps show you how.[read more]

Toronto's Very Smart Transit Map

December 12, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Transit Mapping

This smart city map shows all existing, planned, and proposed transit lines in the city, and then overlays population densities, commuting patterns, household income, and so on. It’s a super valuable map that I think reveals a lot about how we should be focusing our energies to get Toronto moving.[read more]

Technology Giants Google and Microsoft Invest in Rio de Janeiro Favela Mapping

November 4, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Favela Mapping

Technology giants have finally realized the existing market in the steep alleys where cars barely pass, and where electric power, water, sewage pipes, even cable TV, arrives by spontaneous generation – through the creative improvisation of its residents.[read more]

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: New Mapping Algorithm Poses Problems and Promise for Cities

Travel and Urban Beauty

Yahoo Labs has recently created a mapping algorithm that helps pedestrians find not the shortest route to their destination, but the most attractive one. This is great for visitors who want to spend their time sightseeing in a new city, or for residents who want to explore their surroundings in a new way.[read more]

History of Street Trees in Paris

May 7, 2013 by Leda Marritz

the view from Monmartre

It’s incredible to think that Paris as we know it today, a place full of incredible boulevards called "The City of Lights" that could just as easily be called "The City of Trees" has the enviable trees that it does.[read more]

Mapping Sinkholes Before They Become Serious

March 3, 2013 by Megan Dalton

mapping sinkholes

As many have seen a sinkhole in Florida swallowed a man in his bedroom making the somewhat mundane term a buzzword around the world.[read more]

The Beauty of Urban Planning from Space

December 8, 2012 by Urban Times

Escaping from the regular debate that surrounds urban planning — veering away from the economics, the societal balances, the environmental sensitivities — and looking directly into the eye of the urban space from above, it becomes clear that the beauty of a city is not reserved to terra firma alone. Individual buildings and their...[read more]


How Tidy Is Your Town? (Urban Patterns in Search of a Theory)

June 1, 2012 by J. Kevin Byrne

A pop quiz gets one’s attention, we can even like the experience if it’s not graded. Here is one for you: Can you match my collected urban shapes (they are map-like plans, below, on the left side) to their corresponding labels (right side)? After you give it a try, scroll to later in this essay for the answer key.Take a look at the third...[read more]

Participatory Maps for Inclusive Cities

With the multi-dimensional complex challenges facing the world today, participatory maps provide a unique way of engaging citizens. Photo by Lee Shaver. Urban planners, designers and architects have their work cut out for them. The rate of urbanization around the world means that we have to reconfigure the way we think, design and plan...[read more]

Reimagining Model Cities

February 1, 2012 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

During last week’s Transforming Transportation conference, Jaime Lerner expressed that one of the greatest compliments he has ever received was from his driver who told him that Curitiba looked exactly like the architectural model Lerner was carrying with him at the time.[read more]