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Aerial Photography

January 25, 2019, 6am PST
An incredibly detailed bird's eye view of Shanghai.
October 11, 2017, 10am PDT
Researchers at the University of Nebraska have been working with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources to develop best practices for predicting and planning for the future water needs of urban developments.
University of Nebraska College of Architecture
April 22, 2016, 5am PDT
Anyone who has traveled long country roads is familiar with the moment when a road makes a sharp turn to deviate from a direct path. Such "grid corrections" provide the subject for a photography project by Gerco de Ruijter.
July 24, 2015, 6am PDT
High quality, high altitude images of that marvel of modern engineering: the freeway interchange.
Politico Magazine
July 3, 2015, 5am PDT
For the first time, full-color videos of the earth's surface will be made available to the public, with added options for paying customers. The imagery comes from two cameras on the International Space Station.
June 9, 2015, 9am PDT
Here's a strange idea that just might work: viewing the planet from afar might offer the perspective necessary to care for and protect our place in the universe.
James Brasuell
December 29, 2014, 12pm PST
File under tools for the tool kit: Jarrett Walker of Human Transit shares details about Nearmap, an aerial photography tool that serves as a helpful alternative to Google Earth.
Human Transit
February 21, 2014, 2pm PST
The “Daily Overview” website provides a compendium of high-altitude, overhead photography from around the world.
Daily Overview
November 5, 2013, 11am PST
A collection of satellite photos reveals the planet's beauty and vulnerability from threats such as desertification, sprawl, and pollution.
July 4, 2013, 5am PDT
Independence Day is a day to reflect on America's history; and with many of the activities associated with the holiday (parades, fireworks) set on urban stages, it's the perfect occasion to enjoy some amazing images of the country's urban past.
Chicago Magazine
April 5, 2013, 2pm PDT
Ever wonder what downtown Boston looked like on the eve of the Civil War? This photograph taken from a hot air balloon by James Wallace Black is thought to be the oldest aerial photo still in existence. Google Earth eat your heart out.
August 30, 2012, 12pm PDT
Ever get frustrated looking for the right aerial image of your project site on Google Earth? Emily Badger has found the solution - a DIY balloon mapping kit developed by cartographer Stewart Long.
The Atlantic Cities
August 16, 2012, 10am PDT
They may not be pretty to drive, but they sure are nice to look at from afar. Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan profiles the work of aerial photographer Peter Andrew, who captures the beauty in America's Interstate System.
Fast Company Co.Design
April 30, 2011, 7am PDT
Lawrence Okrent is a Chicago planning and zoning consultant and also a photographer. Recreating a series of aerial photographs from 1985, he shows the remarkable growth of the city over the last 15 years.
The Chicago Tribune
Blog post
April 27, 2011, 6pm PDT

At the GeoDesign conference in San Diego we heard mention of folks at MIT using helium balloons with cameras attached to take aerial pictures. Thinking this was a fabulous idea I decided to find out more and see if this was a technique [...]

Ken Snyder
September 20, 2010, 9am PDT
Writing in <em>The New York Times</em>, Geoff Manaugh looks at Christoph Gielen's aerial photography of urban development and sprawl.
The New York Times