Geography 970

April 3, 2010

A New York State of Mind

Filed under: Uncategorized — markharrower @ 8:48 pm

<shame>Yes, I did just use a Billy Joel quote </shame>

Three New York city maps came to my attention today.

1. Matt B sent me this link today and said he was thinking of 575 conversations while making this:

2. This is a Chinese start-up that came to UW about 3 years ago asking if we’d be interested in doing the campus (we were, but couldn’t afford them). They have an army of digital artists rendering cities in amazing detail. I like the slightly cartoony quality…less formal model-y than Google Earth. Be sure to zoom way in (traffic lights!) and out…for a really busy map it generalizes very nicely.

3. And just ’cause it’s really fun – and I have no idea how they do this (notice the lovely, totally faked lens flare). Be sure to go full screen!



  1. The style of the second map is created by a Chinese company called EDUSHI.COM. Here are some more examples (one if for Beijing, another one is for Shanghai)

    When I was in China, I was very curious about the process of making such kind of map. I heard that they usd 2D Map (CAD) to create 3D model, but they have a large group of people to collect photos (4 photos for one buiding) as texture and then use 3DMax to create 3D scene. So I believe it is labor-intensive.

    I like the style it uses. It seems more vivid. It just like the the effect created by non-photorealistic rendering I mentioned in a previous post. I believe the technology advancement will make the map making process easier.

    Comment by Fei Du — April 4, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

  2. It looks like (1st image) SimCity 3000!

    Comment by Lurker — May 7, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

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