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How LA Used Big Data to Build a Smart City in the 1970s

The concept of “smart cities” seems like a contemporary urbanism trend. But as early as the 1960s, cities were using technology to gather, interpret, and visualize civic data. Here’s how a 1974 report by Los Angeles’s Community Analysis Bureau used computer databases, cluster analysis, and infrared aerial photography… » 6/22/15 11:15am 6/22/15 11:15am

The tallest buildings on each continent throughout history, visualized

I love these fantastic charts from Halcyon Maps that show which skyscrapers or churches or temples or mounds of dirt or other structures that have been the tallest buildings on each continent throughout history. You can see the ridiculous skyscraper arms race that develop in each area over the years and see what… » 3/18/15 9:26pm 3/18/15 9:26pm

Animated Map Shows How Paved Roads Spread Across L.A. County

Is the L.A. of 2014 driving around on a road network built for the L.A. of the 1980s? That's one conclusion two researchers at Arizona State University draw from their above data visualization, which uses building records from the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office to infer the age of the metropolis' roads. Green… » 6/06/14 6:33pm 6/06/14 6:33pm