Anyway, here's another cool Google Map application: Sprol
One of students was kind enough to forward this to me. The Cool Space Locater is designed to match innovative and creative firms to spaces that may not traditionally appeal to businesses looking for office space. I could have used this in Philadelphia when I really needed office space that wasn't overpriced nor in Center City. The only resource we really had was Craig's list as there are few coordinated resources for finding office spaces for rent - particularly small, non-traditional spaces.
The architectural reform movement called New Urbanism is proving highly influential, and there
Related to Charles' article about google maps and satellite imagesâ€¦
The emerging MemoryMap pool on Flickr, where people annotate maps and photos (frequently taken from google maps) with their memories linked to specific places, takes the Google map service to a new fun level. So why not bring this into the planning process? Maps, like this example here
"[murmur] is an archival audio project that collects and curates stories set in specific Toronto locations. At each of these locations, a [murmur] sign will mark the availability of a story with a telephone number and location code.
Says the Economist:
Hong Kong has 7,417 skyscrapers, more than any other city, according to Emporis, a firm that tracks the construction of high-rises. By its definition, a building must be over 35 metres tall to qualify as a skyscraper. New York ranks second with 5,444 skyscrapers; Los Angeles has just 450. Chicago's Sears Tower has more floors than any of its rivals, though other skyscrapers are taller.
This is the Torino scale, a Richter scale for asteroid strikes. Unlike the old Richter scale used to do -- measuring the magnitude of an earthquake -- Torino measures the likelihood of a hit, and how bad that hit's going to be.
For a while, when some backyard astronomer with a high-powered 'scope would see something that looked like it was on the way to a "rendezvous," he'd send a telegram to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (this is before email), and they'd send out a notice to the world astronomy community saying, basically, keep watching the skies.
Mixing satellite data with stats from that Gridded Population of the World
The developer says he was "blindsided" by the rapid an online opposition on legislation that would make it possible for the development of a privately financed $2 billion tollway
Blogs, Everyone? Weblogs Are Here to Stay, but Where Are They Headed? wonders about the future of blogging.
I'll be releasing my annual list, "Top Five Technologies For Planning, 2005". After the session, I'll post my top technologies here also.
Rumor has it that the Moscone West Conference Center is outfitted with wireless Internet access. If so, I'll blog the presentations, as well as publish a few photos of the event.
Other presenters include:
The official panel description: "Presenters will showcase IT-based approaches to community outreach and decision making. Case studies include redevelopment of Lower Manhattan and other high-pressure planning situations. The enhanced program includes 3-D visualization geared for use in public settings, electronic democracy techniques, scenario-building models, web-based GIS, and multi-media tools. "