Archinect - News 2014-09-22T04:35:26-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/108031005/map-plots-the-world-s-internet-devices Map Plots the World's Internet Devices Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T17:17:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T14:28:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/15/154vxawhcgqw2tsp.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A map showing the location of every single device connected to the Internet. The image was created by John Matherly, founder of Shodan, a search engine for connected devices. He pinged every device online, then mapped the location of the ones that responded [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106578172/new-google-satellites-could-be-able-to-see-your-face-from-the-sky New Google Satellites Could Be Able to See Your Face from the Sky Nicholas Korody 2014-08-14T20:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:09:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d3jxl76otuq8o7it.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the US government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolution&mdash;twice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 cm [...] The extra sharp images from Worldview-3 will greatly increase the maps' level of detail to the point where it can make out 10-inch objects, which means Google will soon be able to see &ldquo;manholes and mailboxes&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>DigitalGlobe launched the first commercial satellite yesterday. Google, Microsoft, and several US government agencies are customers of DigitalGlobe. Such sharp images would be able to make out human faces, which, coupled with facial recognition software, could start to sound like a sci-fi dystopia. But it also would have interesting implications for both daily life and architecture, providing a startling degree of visibility across distances.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106094906/how-video-games-have-the-power-to-change-real-lives How video games have the power to change real lives Alexander Walter 2014-08-08T13:46:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:39:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9e824aabdeb98deb13c1eb009f81c429.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But the intricate fantasy environments imagined for games like GTA V may well prove more useful than they seem. Now the technologies and tools developed by this multibillion dollar entertainment industry are making changes in the real world. John Isaacs, a lecturer in computing at the University of Abertay, is one of those exploring the possibilities of game engines. In 2011, he developed an urban mapping application for his PhD project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105412103/3-000-active-oil-wells-in-los-angeles 3,000+ Active Oil Wells in Los Angeles Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:55:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vbirss4jy0s119c6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are more than 3,000 active oil and gas wells in Los Angeles County. Almost 4,680 new wells were drilled in 2012 across the state, bringing the total number to 210,000, according to the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources of the California Department of Conservation [...] Oil industry officials argue that drilling in California provides many economic benefits, and they downplay any potential health hazards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you want to explore the wells yourself, take a look at <a href="http://maps.conservation.ca.gov/doggr/index.html#close" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this map </a>by the California Department of Conservation (via <a href="http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/mapping_all_3000_of_los_angeless_active_oil_wells.php#more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CurbedLA</a>).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103802825/america-s-leading-design-cities America's Leading Design Cities Archinect 2014-07-09T19:35:00-04:00 >2014-07-11T17:21:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/417688ed7081e2226dc6d3a046838bbe.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects are the highest paid group of designers, and they are also generally&nbsp;the most highly educated. Architects employed in firms earned median hourly wages of $35.30, while their self-employed counterparts earned $22.90. But, when looking in terms of concentration, the nation&rsquo;s leading clusters for architects may not be what you think.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/100055314/indooratlas-aims-to-map-the-indoors IndoorAtlas aims to map the indoors Archinect 2014-05-19T13:56:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:57:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/53cd0494049a16a13e2b137ba9ee3f22.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Finnish company called IndoorAtlas has figured out that all buildings have a unique magnetic &ldquo;fingerprint&rdquo; &mdash; and has solved how to use that to determine locations inside a structure to within six feet. That is enough to take a consumer to a product in a crowded supermarket, or figure out the location of, say, a half-dozen workers in a building full of them. It&rsquo;s also much better than cell phone towers can do.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/84756607/copenhagenize-your-bike-with-mit-s-copenhagen-wheel Copenhagenize your bike with MIT's Copenhagen Wheel Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-22T13:56:00-04:00 >2013-11-11T11:46:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kd/kd0xdwybz3qv36jd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Superpedestrian, a start-up in Boston, announced on Monday that it has received $2.1 million in financing to help build a wheel that transforms some standard bicycles into hybrid e-bikes. The product, the Copenhagen Wheel, is a design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology SENSEable City Laboratory. The original goal of the wheel was to entice more people to more bicycles in large cities in lieu of cars by giving them help from a motor.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Initially presented at the <a href="http://web.mit.edu/press/2009/copenhagen-wheel.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change</a> in 2009, <a href="http://senseable.mit.edu/copenhagenwheel/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SENSEeable City Lab</a>'s<em>&nbsp;Copenhagen Wheel&nbsp;</em>will soon be produced through Boston start-up <a href="http://superpedestrian.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Superpedestrian</a>. Rather than buying a whole new bike or installing a cumbersome motor, the&nbsp;<em>Copenhagen Wheel</em> can be adapted onto most regular bikes, and will be comparable in price to most e-bikes. The wheel can be synced with the rider's iPhone to collect transit data, both for the benefit of the rider keeping tabs on exercise and commute regimens, and for the benefit of the city -- riders can choose to anonymously share data with their local government, aiding the improvement of cycling infrastructure and traffic management.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83670955/adventures-in-mapmaking-how-to-map-the-age-of-buildings-in-your-hometown Adventures in Mapmaking: How to Map the Age of Buildings in Your Hometown Archinect 2013-10-08T11:46:00-04:00 >2013-10-09T22:23:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5af791d21900269706b069f37232dda.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m going to tell you exactly how I made this map. I hope that people with little or no experience making maps will be able to use this as a guide to getting started on a map of their own hometown. And I also hope expert mapmakers will chime in to tell us how we can improve our maps.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/81533903/mapping-silicon-valley-s-gentrification-problem-through-corporate-shuttle-routes Mapping Silicon Valley's Gentrification Problem Through Corporate Shuttle Routes Archinect 2013-09-10T18:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:02:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8eef362a5b5a0ebaddea4e4c1b890231.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Take the public transportation provided by corporate shuttle buses from the likes of Apple, Google, Facebook, and others. It&rsquo;s not news that these shuttles, and the big digital tech companies that run them, are changing the fabric of San Francisco as we&rsquo;ve known it. What feels new is that it&rsquo;s not enough to say that change is coming soon. It&rsquo;s already, very much here.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/78412774/interactive-decay Interactive Decay Andrew Davis 2013-08-07T11:39:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T11:39:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6ip8c5tf4a4ei793.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Thanks to Data Driven Detroit, there is now an interactive map of the city's demo activity, covering both planned demolitions and those that have taken place since 2010."</p></em><br /><br /><p> The schadenfreude of Detroit is now interactive! Come one and all to experience the most fascinating cartographic advancement since the invention of Google street view. It is not altogether the best month for Detroit with the recent claim of bankruptcy now making its way through the courts. However, the truth of the city's decay should not have been a surprise given the decades long depression afflicting Detroit. The only reason the country has cause to look now is because it is afraid the sickness will spread.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75732021/microphone-system-maps-rooms-with-a-snap-of-the-fingers Microphone system maps rooms with a snap of the fingers Archinect 2013-06-21T19:15:00-04:00 >2013-06-24T21:47:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/40/40gguiasu0mbr3g3.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Creating a 3D map of a room could someday be as simple as randomly placing four microphones within the space, then snapping your fingers. Researchers from Switzerland&rsquo;s EPFL (&Eacute;cole Polytechnique F&eacute;d&eacute;rale de Lausanne/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) have recently done so on a limited scale, and are now excited about the technology&rsquo;s possible applications.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/61312195/google-maps-enters-the-indoor-gps-market Google Maps enters the indoor GPS market Archinect 2012-11-13T12:18:00-05:00 >2012-11-13T12:18:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2cda1aa40546a6f23a919491d6d3d1aa.jpg" width="500" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Black Friday and throughout this holiday season, simply zoom in to a participating store on Google Maps to devise your shopping game plan. An indoor floor plan with helpful labels will automatically appear, and the familiar &ldquo;blue dot&rdquo; icon will help you figure out the fastest way to the accessories department, the food court when you need to refuel, and the closest restroom or ATM when you need a break from your marathon shopping session.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/57465721/occupying-wall-street-and-mapping-liberty-plaza-video-trailer Occupying Wall Street and Mapping Liberty Plaza (Video Trailer) Places Journal 2012-09-17T12:41:00-04:00 >2012-09-17T13:40:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ds/ds2e6rizblqyehxu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Occupiers posted links, updates, photos and videos on social media sites; as they deliberated in chat rooms and collaborated on crowdmaps; as they took to the streets with smartphones, they tested the parameters of this multiply mediated world. What is the layout of this place? What are its codes and protocols? Who owns it? How does its design condition opportunities for individual and collective action?</p></em><br /><br /><p> On the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, architects Jonathan Massey and Brett Snyder investigate the spatial dimensions of political action in two related features on Places, including axonometric drawings that follow the transformation of Zuccotti Park into Liberty Plaza. See the trailer below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/56775118/how-google-builds-its-maps-and-what-it-means-for-the-future-of-everything How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything Paul Petrunia 2012-09-06T18:03:00-04:00 >2012-09-11T09:34:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14706d10e5f8b48ab99170aa0b799a21.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's common when we discuss the future of maps to reference the Borgesian dream of a 1:1 map of the entire world. It seems like a ridiculous notion that we would need a complete representation of the world when we already have the world itself. But to take scholar Nathan Jurgenson's conception of augmented reality seriously, we would have to believe that every physical space is, in his words, "interpenetrated" with information. All physical spaces already are also informational spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/52555453/using-flickr-geotags-to-map-the-world-s-cities Using Flickr Geotags to Map the World's Cities Archinect 2012-06-27T19:36:00-04:00 >2012-08-10T16:35:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2cfd73e68db7e3718c5819437ee7acca.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You'll also notice a bit of color coding on the maps. Apparently, Fischer was able to guess that the picture taker's mode of transportation--presumably using the time stamps and distance traveled between a user's pictures. He then created a color code: Black is walking (less than 7mph), Red is bicycling or equivalent speed (less than 19mph), Blue is motor vehicles on normal roads (less than 43mph); Green is freeways or rapid transit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>