Archinect - News 2017-08-17T09:54:03-04:00 Help fund this Kickstarter for 3D printed maps of Tokyo Julia Ingalls 2016-10-11T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:55:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The confluence of Google mapping, 3D printing and the desire for inventive home decor has produced a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> for One Hundred Tokyo, a fully-fledged three dimensional map of Tokyo that is divided into 100 handy pieces. Pick your favorite palm-sized square(s) or collect all 100; it's up to you and your available display space. Nonetheless, these minutely detailed urban segments are cool/notable both for their immediacy and their accuracy; Zenrin, the same urban data providers that work with Google Maps and Microsoft, have "specially equipped vehicles" that compile the metropolitan deets used to produce the models.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>What else is going on with 3D printing? So glad you asked:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Curve Appeal" will be globe's first Freeform 3D printed house</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Earth's first 3D printed office created in 17 days for half the labor cost</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></li></ul> Photographer captures the landscapes of the Middle East's 'brutal building sites' Nicholas Korody 2015-06-17T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:21:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When most people think of the Arabian peninsula, they think of the opulent man-made islands of Dubai and that city&rsquo;s sparking, futuristic towers... But with his series Crossings, Arko Datto&nbsp;shifts the attention to the millions of migrant workers from throughout Asia who are building these structures. Datto used Google Maps and Google Earth to capture the vast highways, sprawling&nbsp;landscapes, and grand projects that laborers have built under conditions that border on slavery.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;The work deals with the issue in a fairly abstract/tangential way,&rdquo; Datto told Wired Magazine. &ldquo;The total lack of human presence in the images is symbolic of the anonymity, facelessness, and lack of representation that the migrant workers suffer.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></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="650" height="425" 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> For a limited time only, you can play PAC-MAN on Google Maps Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-06T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-06T20:36:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Welcome, Player 1! You can now play the classic arcade game PAC-MAN in Google Maps with streets as your maze. Avoid Blinky, Pinky, Inky, (and Clyde!) as you swerve the streets of some famous places around the world. But eat the pac-dots fast, because this game will only be around for a little while.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are even Google Maps-specific bonus-point icons, along with the classic fruits. It's a highly addictive way to learn your way around an city's streets.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Wired looks at "Ground Truth", Google's initiative to improve Maps accuracy Alexander Walter 2014-12-16T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a recent visit to Mountain View, I got a peek at how the Google Maps team&nbsp;assembles their maps and refines them with a combination of algorithms and meticulous manual labor&mdash;an effort they call Ground Truth. The project launched in 2008, but it was mostly kept under wraps until just a couple years ago. It&nbsp;continues to grow, now covering 51 countries, and algorithms are playing a bigger role in extracting information from satellite, aerial, and Street View imagery.</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="539" height="371" 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 We Picture a City: Venice and Google Maps Alexander Walter 2014-03-03T15:41:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:28:49-05:00 <img src="" width="570" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2013, we picture cities a little differently, with demography and photography. Cities live in Instagram, in patterns of light from space, in blueprints and visualizations and&mdash;most like Canaletto&rsquo;s civic landscapes&mdash;on Google Street View. Now, an artist in London has done some creative, comparative history, pairing Canaletto&rsquo;s Venice and London with contemporary depictions, as glimpsed by the Google van.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Google Street View gets (even more) personal Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-10T14:44:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T17:19:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google's Street View is slowly covering more and more of the world's surface, but it still has holes. Now though, you can help fill them&mdash;and all you need is an Android phone or DSLR. Google has just launched a new Street View feature which allows any user to recreate the usual Street View experience by stringing together photo spheres along paths which they define.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Google brings Street View inside more than 65 airports and train stations, calls it a 'first effort' Archinect 2013-11-26T13:16:00-05:00 >2013-11-26T20:52:52-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google today launched an interactive map featuring Street Views of over 65 mass-transit hubs. The map features some locations you may have already explored, like Emirates' A380 or London's Gatwick Airport, alongside some new sites across Europe, South America, and Asia.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href=";hl=en&amp;mid=zqafVP2X3Jp8.kL0YSq0tl8qw" target="_blank">here</a> to view the interactive map.</p> Google Maps Gets 25 Million New Building Footprints Archinect 2012-10-22T18:28:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T23:28:47-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest update brings 25 million new building footprints to Google Maps, making Google&rsquo;s map offering even more detailed and comprehensive. The new building footprints have been created by a computer, which processed actual aerial imagery and rendered the shapes of buildings in the maps. Users can help out and fix inaccurate building footprints in Google Map Maker, as well as assign businesses to existing buildings or even draw the entire building footprints themselves.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="615" height="375" 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> Tilt-tables and Google Maps make a game out of environments Ian Smith 2012-04-28T17:17:00-04:00 >2012-04-30T12:09:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="669" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> How much have books or film influenced your sense and recognition of place were you've never been before? And how about games, as developers push for more accurate and realistic map models? How will the ability to interface with all aspects of real-world data affect our future perception of space and&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">place</a>?</em></p> <p> Built using <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Start Here</a> technology.</p> Google to open campus in Frank Gehry's Binoculars Archinect 2011-11-03T18:40:50-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wojcicki said the new campus &mdash; three adjacent buildings including Frank Gehry-designed Binoculars Building &mdash; would also help Google attract candidates from area colleges and universities... The company's focus on Web search is evoked by the iconic binocular sculpture at the site, created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 9/11 Memorial Gets Google Mapped HotSoup 2011-09-22T14:14:49-04:00 >2011-09-22T14:50:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="521" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google is committed to providing our users with the richest, most up-to-date maps possible. [...] In this case, the edit for the 9/11 memorial site was made by a map maker user on Sept 12, 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><p> That was fast.</p>