Visualization

Air Pollution

Air Pollution, Visualized

The New York Times created a visualization of air pollution that allows comparisons between local conditions and the worst air pollution in the world.

December 5, 2019 - The New York Times

Violin

Sunday Fun: Visualizing the Vibrations of Five Miles of Fiber Optic Cable

This new visualization helps us see the unseen: the underground fiber optic cables that lie beneath campus at Stanford University in California.

May 21, 2017 - Victoria & Albert Museum

Historic Hong Kong

Historic Hong Kong: Visualizing a Changed City

Created with input from historian Mark Footer, this tool overlays street views of modern Hong Kong with historical photos from the colonial era through the 20th century.

December 11, 2015 - HotelClub

Mapping the Knowledge Domain of Planning

Tom Sanchez and Nader Afzalan explore the age old question, "what is planning?" in their new report published earlier this week.

October 31, 2014 - Tom Sanchez

Road Signs

Friday Eye Candy: Historic Visualization Tracks U.S. Growth from 1790 to 1890

The visualization has something for everyone: a colorful visualization of population trends for the data geeks, a vintage look and feel for the hipsters, and the competitive aspect of comparing cities to each other for everyone else.

June 27, 2014 - CityLab

SimCity 2013

Visualizing Big Data In Your Own SimCity World

Two former Mozilla engineers strive to merge big data with a 3D model of London and, potentially, other cities.

April 11, 2014 - FastCompany

Web-Tool Maps Real-Time Deforestation

A new web-based program, Global Forest Watch, provides access to almost real-time visualization of forests around the world.

March 22, 2014 - ASLA The Dirt

An Eloquent Visualization of State-to-State Migration

Data analyst and graphics wizard Chris Walker has created a stunning interactive visualization that depicts the migration patterns between each American state in 2012.

November 21, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

Beneath the Sea, Recognizing the Need to Turn Down the Volume

Humans are a noisy lot. In addition to fouling our cities with extreme sounds and exporting our din to wilderness areas, scientists are beginning to recognize and map the substantial impact of human-generated sound on the world's waters.

December 12, 2012 - The New York Times

Stunning Videos Of Public Transit Patterns

Data visualizations show the daily ebb and flow of public transit traffic in world's major cities.

December 2, 2012 - Wired

I See Ghost Counties

Jan Willem Tulp created a stunning visualization showing the relationship between number of vacant homes in U.S. counties and the total number of homes in that county.

May 24, 2011 - Datavisualization.ch

Visualizing Water in the Landscape

Water shortages are on the rise, and effective management of this dwindling resource is becoming increasingly important to cities. How architects and planners visualize water in the landscape plays a big role in how it is understood and managed.

April 3, 2011 - Places

24 Hrs. In Terrible Traffic

Data from mobile app Waze is used to create a visualization of the throbbing, insistent pulsing of Los Angeles traffic.

March 24, 2011 - GOOD Magazine

What's in a name? Google may have the answer

Google Labs has released another fascinating tool for researchers. Readers may already be familiar with  Google Trends which can chart and reveal trends in search patterns for the last decade. The new tool allows similar analysis of Google's impressive library of digitized books spanning centuries.

December 17, 2010 - Abhijeet Chavan

Moscow Metro Gets a New Map

With the debut of the latest map of the Moscow Metro, TheCityFix's Jonna McKone takes a look at mass transit maps from across the globe and chats with mapmaker Cameron Booth.

October 26, 2010 - TheCityFix

An Open Source "SimCity" for New York

"Betaville" is a virtual New York where users can experiment with the built environment and how new buildings will look in the cityscape.

October 22, 2010 - DNAInfo

Activism and Architecture

Architects Anu Mathur and Dilip da Cunha say that activism drives their work: "Rather than waiting for a commissioned project, we ask the first question, frame the issue and propose possibilities," say the two in an interview with PLACES.

July 4, 2010 - Places

City Data Visualization Tool Wins Journalism Prize

A visual city data mapping tool called CityTracking is one of the winners of this year's Knight News Challenge, a journalism competition that seeks out innovative communication ideas for the changing news media.

June 24, 2010 - Knight Foundation

Visualizing New Orleans' Shifting Population

A new infographic from GOOD tracks population shifts in New Orleans, giving a visual representation of the changes underway in the troubled city.

June 17, 2010 - Good

Charting Public Data Via Google

Google has launched a new experimental effort to visualize much of the public data it now searches and displays.

March 15, 2010 - Los Angeles Times

Top Books

An annual review of books related to planning.

Top Websites

The best of the Internet—since 2002.

Top Apps

Planning apps for a brave new world.

Top Schools

The definitive ranking of graduate planning programs.

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.