Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Urban Picture

Would you call this urban sprawl? (via Human Scale Cities, a great blog by the way).
Los Angeles
[Image Credit: ?]


Friday, October 25, 2013

Data Hype, and Vodka

Data analysis/visualization is getting so hype that they are now trying to sell Vodka with it! Congrats to Aaron Koblin.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

If Christaller had Google Earth

Proposed by Walter Christaller in 1933, the 'Central Place Theory' is among the first topics covered by any course in Geography, Regional Science, Urban Studies etc. His main point was to derive the golden rules that would explain the number, location and size (hierarchy) of cities/villages.

To illustrate his proposition, Christaller came up with this classic map showing the distribution of cities and villages in Eastern Europe, where circle indicates population size.

[click on the image to enlarge it]

Sometimes I wonder what those geniuses from the Old Times (like Christaller, Dalí, Paganini) would create if they had the technology we take for granted today. Well, if only Christaller had Google Earth at his time, I'm sure he would have done a much better job. And I think he would have liked to work with Sandra Lach Arlinghaus!

Sandra has done a really nice job overlaping Christaller's map on Google Earth using the exact location (part of what is today Poland). Here you can check her work and download the Google Earth files she's used. It looks much better if you have a big screen.

[Image Credit: Sandra Lach Arlinghaus]

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Demographic papers published on Science and Nature

It's not everyday you see demographers publishing on journals like Science and Nature. So here is a short list with some of the papers published since 2000.

ps. Massive presence of @IIASAVienna and @WiCVienna researchers!

and my two favorites:

[Image Credit: Lutz and KC, 2011]

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Flexible City Symposium

This week, I'm attending The Flexible City Symposium, here in Oxford on 24 and 25 of October/2013. The programme looks very good with some great speakers. I would be glad to meet you guys, if you happen to be around the event.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Quote of the Day

"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers." (Pablo Picasso)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Mapping the "Geographies of Time"

Emily Badger points out to this interesting project called Geographies of Time, by Giorgia Lupi and colleagues. The basic idea of the project is to capture the cities pulse using geo-tagged tweets coloured according to the time period of the day they are tweeted.


New York

[Image Credit: UrbanSensing]

Monday, October 7, 2013

Urban Picture

The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford. A nice place to call home!

[Image Credit: Rafael Pereira]


Saturday, October 5, 2013

"The Land of Many Palaces"

In the local mongolian language 'Ordos' means “the land of many palaces". This is the title of a documentary (in production) on one of the famous Ghost Cities in China. It is an independent and low budget film featured by Adam Smith & Song Ting and I wish them luck because this is a great material for a documentary!

[I saw this at Paula Morais' facebook wall]