June 2, 2010, 5am PDT
This article from <em>The Daily Mail</em> takes a historical look at ten maps that changed the world.
The Daily Mail
May 18, 2010, 6am PDT
Advanced laser imaging technology known as lidar has proven to be an effective and fast way to map ancient Mayan villages.
The New York Times
May 10, 2010, 12pm PDT
Part of Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC campaign involves taking detailed scans of the city from the sky to determine the suitability if sites for solar power.
The New York Times
April 29, 2010, 7am PDT
This series from the <em>BBC</em> looks at the art and innovation of cartography.
March 10, 2010, 12pm PST
The latest addition to Google Maps is a bicycle service, helping cyclists plan routes, find bike trails, and avoid hills.
Chicago Tribune
March 8, 2010, 11am PST
Slate looks at the history and importance of signage and wayfinding design.
February 12, 2010, 8am PST
A new demographic tool from the USDA compiles data about food choices and characteristics, allowing the creation of detailed maps. <em>Edible Geography</em> wonders what using food as a metric will tell us about the U.S.
Edible Geography
January 21, 2010, 1pm PST
<em>GOOD</em> introduces us to Sourcemap, a project from the MIT Media Lab that visually tracks the origins of the components that make up everyday products.
January 18, 2010, 9am PST
Recent earthquake response efforts in Haiti showed how comparing satellite imagery could help to identify physical changes in the damaged country and assist rescue workers. That same sort of imagery could play a similar role for urban planners.
Nate Berg
December 29, 2009, 1pm PST
GIS maps are being used to identify where communities need services -- and whether some communities are victims of municipal discrimination.
December 20, 2009, 7am PST
The event of a huge earthquake off the Aleutian Islands could send a devastating tsunami towards the West coast of the U.S. Researchers have released maps of what a worst-case scenario might look like for coastal communities.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 7, 2009, 7am PST
This slideshow from <em>Slate</em> explores some of the strangest maps in history.
November 17, 2009, 12pm PST
Citizen volunteers are democratizing the field of online mapping, spreading out to document neighborhoods and streets worldwide.
New York Times
November 7, 2009, 1pm PST
Transit stops are now included on Walkscore, the map-mashup website that scores neighborhoods based on their accessibility and walkability.
NRDC Switchboard
October 16, 2009, 12pm PDT
A group of 200 volunteers with GPS devices will walk the streets of Atlanta this weekend to create a community-owned map of the city and its intricate details.
October 1, 2009, 5am PDT
Climate change is now being visualized in 3D maps on Google Earth.
The Sydney Morning Herald
August 24, 2009, 5am PDT
The U.S. Military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing in a program that looks to create 3D imagery of urban areas and the common spaces and objects that could pose threats or provide advantages to military operations.
July 25, 2009, 9am PDT
Google Maps now feature visual displays of homes and properties that are listed for sale.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 4, 2009, 2pm PDT
After months of input on boundaries from readers, the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> has released its map of neighborhoods in the city.
Los Angeles Times
Blog post
May 27, 2009, 12pm PDT

I had the opportuntity, at the 2009 national planning conference in Minneapolis, to present (together with my colleague Christian Peralta Madera) ten free web applications that can be used to support planning.

Approximately 350 participants attended the session. Since the presentation, I've received over 100 emails congratulating us on the practical nature of the presentation, and requesting links to the websites we presented. Since our presentation was a hands-on demonstration, this blog entry outlines the ten technologies, and provides links to examples of the technology in practice and resources so you can experiment with the technologies.

Chris Steins