Through TED we recently found a great presentation of Hans Rosling of Gapminder about changes in the world over last 200 years. This great moving visual graphic explains how countries have been evolving considering population growth, income and life expectancy. At the Gapminder website you can select a lot of other indicators in the fields of economy, environment and geography. The whole explains how the world has become flat in some ways, but became more diverse and unequal in others. Most curious, as stressed by Rosling, is the impact that income has to health in the developing process of a country.
Having to deal with surveillance cameras in our cities is becoming more and more obvious nowadays, and while citizens are becoming used to the presence of these devices, artists and activists are constantly denouncing the intrusive role of the nearly-ubiquitous CCTV systems. It is interesting to notice how the practice of surveillance is growing without…Read more →
It’s called a “celebration of technology” by Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Recently an impressive international team of architects, artists and engineers presented their plan for The Cloud, a massive, highly sustainable, sculptural structure meant to display images and data high in the sky above London. The Cloud was shortlisted in a competition set-up by mayor Boris Johnson, who intends to build a remarkable attraction in the future Olympic Park. The jury still has to decide which submission will be commissioned, but the team behind The Cloud (including writer Umberto Eco and architects from the MIT), couldn’t resist leaking some details. The design draws on the dreamy inflatable structures made by Argentina-born and German-based architect Tomas Saraceno.Read more →
Sourcemap is an open source project about where things come from. As you know, plenty of products consist of many, many different components coming from all kinds of places around the world. The image, for instance, shows the trace route of an ordinary laptop. Sourcemap is organized around ‘objects’ made up of ‘parts’, and aims…Read more →
The Pop-Up City is always interested in mobile apps that create new experiences of the city. So when Wikipedia, the most popular source for all things information announced its spatial-debut, we paid attention. Wikipedia recently introduced its GeoData extension. This streamlined, centralized source for geographic information means that ‘mapping Wikipedia’ is about to explode.Read more →