Aerial Photography


Friday Eye Candy: 195 Gigapixels of Urban Glory

An incredibly detailed bird's eye view of Shanghai.

January 25, 2019 - Dezeen


New Research Methods Help Nebraska's Water Management Plan

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.

October 11, 2017 - University of Nebraska College of Architecture

Country Grid

Friday Eye Candy: Where U.S. Roads Correct the Grid

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.

April 22, 2016 - BLDGBLG

Freeway Interchange

Friday Eye Candy: Freeway Interchanges From Far Above

High quality, high altitude images of that marvel of modern engineering: the freeway interchange.

July 24, 2015 - Politico Magazine

great lakes

Friday Eye Candy: Full-Color, HD Videos Taken from Space

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.

July 3, 2015 - Quartz


Looking for Inspiration? Try a Daily Dose of a Satellite's Perspective

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.

June 9, 2015 - James Brasuell


An Aerial Photography Tool for Planners

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.

December 29, 2014 - Human Transit

aerial view of identical suburban homes

Friday Eye Candy: Stunning Overhead Perspectives on Human Interactions with Land

The “Daily Overview” website provides a compendium of high-altitude, overhead photography from around the world.

February 21, 2014 - Daily Overview

Stunning Photos of Earth From Space

A collection of satellite photos reveals the planet's beauty and vulnerability from threats such as desertification, sprawl, and pollution.

November 5, 2013 - Wired

Union Stock Yards 1907

Stunning Images from America's Urban Past

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.

July 4, 2013 - Chicago Magazine

Friday Eye Candy: The World's Oldest Aerial Photo

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.

April 5, 2013 - Smithsonian

DIY Aerial Imaging Now a Reality

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.

August 30, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

Making Art out of America's Interstates

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.

August 16, 2012 - Fast Company Co.Design

Aerial Photos Show Chicago's Growth

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.

April 30, 2011 - The Chicago Tribune

Using Balloons for Bird's Eye View of Community

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 [...]

April 27, 2011 - Ken Snyder

Looking Down on Sprawl

Writing in The New York Times, Geoff Manaugh looks at Christoph Gielen's aerial photography of urban development and sprawl.

September 20, 2010 - The New York Times

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