For the last fifty years Richard Wurman – architect, graphic designer and founder of the TED Conferences – has been dedicated to creating a platform that compares cities. In Wurman’s early studies, he quickly learned that comparing global cities was no easy task.Cities use very different languages to describe their assets, from planning principles to land use types to social statistics. “They don’t collect their information the same way. They don’t describe themselves with the same legend,” he tells Nate Berg of Next City.
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A new tool from Trulia might not be helpful for those who already have a set commute, but for people looking to move to a new home these new heat maps, from the online residential real estate site, will certainly be an asset. (via Visualizing a better commute | SmartPlanet)
The new Nike iPhone app will allow runners to visually map and track every run, indoor and outdoor, “free range” or treadmill. Nike says the app even works when a GPS signal is unavailable. Mapped routes show a breakdown of the runner’s pace at various points during the run, as well. You can track your distance, time and number of calories burned.
One interesting aspect of the app is the “Challenge Me” feature. It helps runners challenge themselves to run greater distances, longer times or quicker paces than their previous runs. Aside from giving challenges, the app also provides in-run, on-demand motivational messages from pro athletes and celebrities. (via Nike Unveils New iPhone App Just for Runners)
Starting today, folks with Android phones using version 1.6 or greater have a pair of must-downloads to tackle: Walking Navigation (Beta) and Street View smart navigation.
The former is bundled into Google Maps for Mobile 4.5, offering pedestrians a more robust routing option when using their own two feet to maneuver from place to place. It’s still in beta, obviously, but we’re definitely digging the “vibrate to turn” alert and the map’s ability to rotate with you as you turn the phone.
Street View smart navigation is the same stuff you’re used to seeing on a bona fide desktop browser, but tailor made for operation on your smartphone.
Finally, the new Google Maps search bar will make it even easier to find places you’re in need of finding. (via Google Walking Navigation beta and Street View now available for Android — Engadget)
A backpack makes 3D maps of buildings with lasers by scanning a building’s interior and a simultaneously taking photographs of the environment. The photographs are mapped onto the 3D model created from the scans to make it photorealistic.
FOLLOWING TEAM HTC
The Tour de France is underway and Google’s collaboration with mobile device maker HTC is adding a new dimension to the race. Each member of Team HTC’s bicycle is outfitted with a GPS chip that displays their exact location, speed, and elevation on a Google map. The different team members are displayed with corresponding colored dots that travel along the course in real-time.
Subversion: a procedurally-generated city to infiltrate uses a programming technique where pseudorandom number generators are fed into an algorithm, and that then cranks out a near-infinite amount of content. Streets, lamp-posts, rooms, buildings, and anything else that a city needs can be assembled in a relatively short space of time just from a string of numbers.
Another title called .kkrieger used procedural generation for almost its entire mechanics. By coding an algorithm that can design textures, level layouts, models, animations and sound, it managed to fit an entire first-person shooter videogame into just 96kb — about 1/70 of the size of an MP3.
For the group show “Viva la Revolución : A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape” which will open on July 17th at MCASD in San Diego, I have just done the invasion of San Diego but also The Space Invader Walk, a huge and virtual piece which will be presented in the museum as a movie. Watch the trailer