Not an update of the current nasty geopolitical situation, but something from The Google CityBlock Project [found via ChrisDodo’s del.icio.us]
This aims to produce a visual search of the urban environment. In one of their presentations they have an estimate of how long it would take to acquire images of the US’s entire commercial streetscape:
- “~2.4 million miles of paved road in the U.S.
- We estimate that about ~1% are commercial
- With a high speed camera (~250 fps), we can capture driving at about 10 mph
- It would take approximately 100 days worth of driving time to capture the entire commercial U.S.
- Spread among 20 vehicles and allowing 6 hours of capture time per day, it would require approximately 20 days of acquisition”
So, very impressive in capturing images of the city; but what about the Image Of The City that we actually perceive? Schyuler and Rich’s excellent tutorial at EtCon made this distinction plain.
However I guess – as ever with Google – worth keeping a close eye on.
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RealStreets have been doing a similar thing in Brighton, with mad artistic tangents. They’ve got a couple of giant prints up behind the tills in Habitat and M&S.
Oh, did my hyperlink get eaten?
Ideas about how we perceive, imagine and conceptualise the geography of urban areas are fascinating me at the moment. The reason is probably Iain Sinclair’s London Orbital, which is a travelogue of a walk around the M25, with reference to numerous aspects of psychogeography, a theme that runs through his work. Great interview here: http://www.forteantimes.com/articles/147_iainsinclair.shtml
Hi Matt –
The Roadworks crew down in New Zealand have been doing these “Street Scroll” interactive panoramas for a while now as well :
They did this in Madrid a few years ago, a photo every 10 meters in every direction: