Watch North America's Cities Grow Up

A Canadian real estate startup has created striking animated 3-D visualizations of the evolution of the skylines in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago.

"Combining commercial real estate data with Google Earth, [Cube Cities] has been generating videos of North American cities prickling with skyscrapers and industrial development over the past century," writes Sydney Brownstone.

"'Cube Cities is the new kind of 3-D pushpin for the next generation of 3-D maps,' Cube Cities’ website tells us. The company also developed a platform called Verticode that lights up individual windows in a building to show off to clients. 'Cube Cities clients can fly over the city like Superman, and scope out all the new condo’s [sic] for sale in New York, confirm the ocean view of a hotel room before they book, or zero in on exactly the right office space in Hong Kong with a view of the harbor,' according to the site."

Full Story: Watch North American City Skylines Sprout In 3-D Video, From 1850 To Today

Comments

building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25

Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
T-shirt with map of Chicago

Show your city pride

Men's Ultrasoft CityFabric© tees. Six cities available.
$23.00

City Coasters

Hand-drawn engraved maps of your favorite neighborhoods are divided up across 4 coasters making each one unique.
$36.00