GTA IV Liberty City vs New York

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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SketchUp Acquired by Google

SketchUp is without doubt one of our favorite pieces of software, software which now displays a ‘from Google’ logo on their homepage.

Google has acquired SketchUp after they worked together on the plugin for Google Earth. With the aim of making the easy to use 3D modelling software available to a wider group of users it seems to link in well with the expansion of Google Earth.

There are some nagging doubts in the back of my mind but personally I’m all for the wider intergration of easy to use software. Googles Picasa is a prime example of this – software which gets the job done in a way so simple you wonder why it hasn’t been down before.

So how long before we see a SketchUp Lite version aimed at Google Earth users? – We bet within the next few months.

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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  1. Anonymous - April 28, 2006

    That was a very prescient post – I came across this this morning: http://sketchup.google.com/index.html – I enjoy checking your site every now and again, ta – andy

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Taxi! Data Viz of 10,000 Taxi’s in Manhattan

Taxi! is an analytical model that maps the trip data for 10,000 taxi rides over the course of 24 hours. Geographic location data for the origin and destination of each ride is combined with waypoint data collected from the Google Maps API in order to generate a geographically accurate representation of the trip:

Taxi! from Juan Francisco Saldarriaga on Vimeo.
The team used data from taxi rides originating or ending in the neighborhoods of Lincoln center or Bryant Park. The visualization recreates a ‘breathing’ map of Manhattan based on the migration of vehicles across the city over a period of 24 hours, displaying periods of intensity, density and decreased activity.

This project was a collaboration between Tom McKeogh, Eliza Montgomery and Juan F Saldarriaga. It was done for SEARCH class taught by Mark Collins and Toru Hasegawa (Proxy), at GSAPP, Columbia University, Fall 2011.

As part of the reseach they acknowledge the support of the CUNY High Performance Computing Center under NSF Grants No. CNS-0855217 and No. CNS-0958379.

For any additional information please contact Juan Francisco Saldarriaga at jfs2118@columbia.edu

As a side note we also like the music by Rob Viola of statikluft.com/

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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  1. Coach Lloyd - February 9, 2012

    What was the source of your data? How did you actually get the time tracks of the 10K rides?

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Taxi! is an analytical model that maps the trip data for 10,000 taxi rides over the course of 24 hours. Geographic location data for the origin and destination of each ride is combined with waypoint data collected from the Google Maps API in order to generate a geographically accurate representation of the trip:

Taxi! from Juan Francisco Saldarriaga on Vimeo.
The team used data from taxi rides originating or ending in the neighborhoods of Lincoln center or Bryant Park. The visualization recreates a ‘breathing’ map of Manhattan based on the migration of vehicles across the city over a period of 24 hours, displaying periods of intensity, density and decreased activity.

This project was a collaboration between Tom McKeogh, Eliza Montgomery and Juan F Saldarriaga. It was done for SEARCH class taught by Mark Collins and Toru Hasegawa (Proxy), at GSAPP, Columbia University, Fall 2011.

As part of the reseach they acknowledge the support of the CUNY High Performance Computing Center under NSF Grants No. CNS-0855217 and No. CNS-0958379.

For any additional information please contact Juan Francisco Saldarriaga at jfs2118@columbia.edu

As a side note we also like the music by Rob Viola of statikluft.com/

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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