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.
The data graphic above illustrates the distance to the nearest McDonald’s restaurant in the United States. In some regions the distance to the nearest McDonald’s is poignant far. Some unhappy US citizens have to travel more than an hour to grab themselves a Big Mac. Poor them! Indeed… this data visual would have had more…Read more →
We sure do love city-related apps. Some of them are for common and community good, some others are just for fun, others are both. Combining street art with crowd-sourcing, 1AM Mobile is such an app. This new, free community-driven photography application developed by San Francisco-based First Amendment Gallery aims to present the world’s street art on one platform.Read more →
Mapping becomes increasingly popular. Not only among geographers, planners and urbanists, but also within circles of arts, media and culture. The word ‘data’ could easily be considered the most used word on urbanism blogs in 2009. The reason why this emphasis on information took a flight has probably much to do with new possibilities and…Read more →
How does an artwork spread on the Internet? We have often argued that an increasing amount of creative work is produced with the Web in mind. An urban intervention, for instance, is nice for the hundred passers-by who can touch it and feel it, but the real masses will be reached when it is getting…Read more →