Archinect - News 2015-10-07T11:54:18-04:00 Map Shows the Best Neighborhoods in the World’s Top Cities Are Still Cheaper Than NYC Alyssa Alimurung 2015-09-14T11:43:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T11:44:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With real estate prices soaring so high and so quickly, a lot of us are questioning if we even want to live in New York anymore&mdash;not to mention if we can. According to NeighborhoodX&lsquo;s latest map the price paid for a Bed-Stuy or Harlem apartment could get you a pretty sweet pad in the South of France or even trendy Paris.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> This 3D map compares NYC real estate prices by neighborhood DianePham 2015-08-17T12:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:42:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We all have a pretty good idea which NYC neighborhoods command top dollar, but this incredible 3D map from NeighborhoodX really puts things into perspective by pinning the city&rsquo;s 325 neighborhoods against one another in a visually jarring side-by-side comparison. Among the most expensive? In Brooklyn...</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on New York real estate:</p><ul><li><a title="The rise of communal living in New York" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rise of communal living in New York</a></li><li><a title="This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home</a></li><li><a title="New York &amp; London ranked highest in 2015 Global Cities Index" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York &amp; London ranked highest in 2015 Global Cities Index</a></li><li><a title="NYC's public-housing woes" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's public-housing woes</a></li></ul> Book Review: Shannon Mattern's "Deep Mapping the Media City" Nicholas Korody 2015-06-13T10:56:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T01:29:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Amid the seemingly endless barrage of new writings about the imminent arrival of the technologically mediated &ldquo;smart city,&rdquo; a slim volume published by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the University of Minnesota Press</a> suggests that so-called intelligent urbanism might not be so new after all. In <em>Deep Mapping the Media City</em>, author <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shannon Mattern</a>, an associate professor at the School of Media Studies at the New School, argues cities have been &ldquo;mediated, and intelligent, for millenia.&rdquo; Rather than arbitrary ruptures, our cities have developed over time, as new infrastructural developments build off &ndash; or plug into&nbsp;&ndash; the infrastructure of the past.</p><p>Mattern takes a broad look at contemporary urban discourses, and compellingly advocates for an &ldquo;urban media archaeology,&rdquo; a &ldquo;materialist, multisensory approach to exploring the deep material history&rdquo; of our cities. She makes clear that her invocation of archaeology shouldn&rsquo;t be read as part of the proliferation of the Foucauldian genealogical methodology <em>en vogue</em> in academia...</p> Apple Maps puts its own cars on the streets, in uphill battle against Google Maps Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-10T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:17:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So will Apple&rsquo;s version of street-based imagery simply be a direct copy of Street View? Possibly not. A patent filed back in 2013 mentions &ldquo;3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation,&rdquo; and the filing is disparaging of existing imaging software, calling it a &ldquo;tedious experience,&rdquo; though it doesn&rsquo;t mention Google Street View by name.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> built: LA maps the age of every building in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2015-05-29T15:41:00-04:00 >2015-06-02T23:30:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="251" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction in Los Angeles may have exploded during the postwar era, but as a new interactive map shows, the wide age range of its buildings might surprise you. Using open data from local governments, built: LA visualizes the age of roughly 3 million buildings across L.A. County constructed between 1890 and 2008. Drag your mouse to explore the vast web of communities and neighborhoods, hover over individual properties to discover birth years, and double click to zoom in further. &nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Open data's potential & challenges to boost tenants’ rights activism Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T17:54:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:31:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Open data, and the interactive mapping and data visualization that can come of it, has become a de facto engagement and storytelling tool among contemporary journalists, social justice activists, and civic-minded technologists. But despite its allure, open data&rsquo;s potential for fostering civic engagement and creating transparency and dialogue is plagued by issues of usability, access, and quality control.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps Alexander Walter 2015-04-21T19:17:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:01:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This lively effort &mdash; mapping &mdash; is the subject of a rich exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) and BRIC [...] that pairs the work of 18 contemporary artists with 23 historical maps dating back as far as 1562. For Mapping Brooklyn, BHS opened its collection to the invited artists [...]. The goal of uniting these two components &mdash; map and art &mdash; is to uncover the common ground: to render, through judgment and artistic process, the world legible.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping the City: maps through the eyes of street artists</a></p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this map </a>by the California Department of Conservation (via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CurbedLA</a>).</p> America's Leading Design Cities Archinect 2014-07-09T19:35:00-04:00 >2015-09-17T13:18:39-04:00 <img src="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> IndoorAtlas aims to map the indoors Archinect 2014-05-19T13:56:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:57:07-04:00 <img src="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change</a> in 2009, <a href="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Interactive Decay Andrew Davis 2013-08-07T11:39:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T11:39:42-04:00 <img src="" 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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Google Maps enters the indoor GPS market Archinect 2012-11-13T12:18:00-05:00 >2012-11-13T12:18:24-05:00 <img src="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>