Visualising the arteries of the city

One thing I miss about living in a big city is the strange comfort I used to be able to take in the anonymity of the crowd. Though I couldn’t deal with it on a daily basis anymore, there’s still something I find oddly enjoyable about  participating in the mass circulation of people which helps constitute the vitality of any city. This feeling came back to me vividly this week when I came across this map on Atlantic Cities which visually maps the NYC subway stems onto its geographical landscape:

Aerial photograph courtesy of Dennis Dimick/Flickr. HT Atlantic Cities


There’s an interesting installation at the London transport museum which draws out this interconnectedness of the city even further, as can be seen in this (low quality) video:

Connections combines striking 3D design, 55,000 model buildings, projection and transport data in what is the UK’s most fascinating and possibly its largest data display.

It shows the scale of London’s transport infrastructure and the interrelationships between travel above and below ground, by projecting travel data onto a 1:3500 scale relief model of London; the circular central area covers about 16 kilometres from Kensington to Greenwich Peninsular.

Visitors can walk behind the relief model to see the geographic relationship of the Underground to the roads above and look through periscopes at the views from London landmarks.

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