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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]

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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]

How Citizen Mapmakers are Changing the Story of our Cities

January 20, 2012 by This Big City

We see them every day, popping up on our Twitter feeds, filtered through blogs, or even scattered throughout the New York Times: maps portraying not the usual locations or destinations, but data. From people’s kisses in Toronto, to the concentration of pizza joints in New York, to the number of women who ride...[read more]

Mapping Architectural Controversies

January 11, 2012 by Polis Inclusive

Aerial view of the 2012 Olympic stadium in London, one of the projects profiled by Mapping Architectural Controversies. Source: Flickr user Frans ZwartWhile we've previously mused on the agency of mapping in reconfiguring information vital to the production of the urban realm, the Mapping Architectural Controversies research project...[read more]

Visualizing, Analyzing Vienna's Traffic Patterns

November 8, 2011 by Fabian Neuhaus

Vienna the city at the Donau is rediscovering itself. After decades directly at the iron curtan the city has begun to reestablish and revitalise its former vital connections deep into Eastern Europe. Between 1945 and the end of the Cold War in 1989 Vienna was effectively cut of its pulsing backcountry in the East. It was the Capital at...[read more]

Data Appeal: Making Map-Landscapes

November 4, 2011 by Jason King

 A follow-up on new mapping tools from the author of 'The Exposed City: Mapping the Urban Invisibles' (read a review of this great book here).  Nadia Amoroso alerted me to a new endeavor called Data Appeal, which provides tools for visualization of data through mapping in order to engage people in new ways.London - Economic...[read more]

Trendsmap Paints Twitter Maps

October 17, 2011 by Fabian Neuhaus

Twitter data is becoming a new rawmaterial for representing cities. Visualisations are being produced frequently. The latest addition comes from Trendsmap the online platform visualising emerging Twitter trends. The guys have produced visualisations for a number of cities from around the world plotting locations of georeferenced tweets....[read more]

Mapping the Measure of America: The US' Largest Cities

September 26, 2011 by Peter Rudd

Here is a sophisticated interactive map with lots of background data on quality of life issues in America. From what I can discern, the data indicators center on health, education and income. I have pulled out some of the data for the country’s ten largest metropolitan areas from the map above into this home made chart below.[read more]