Entire US captured in 20 days

Not an update of the current nasty geopolitical situation, but something from The Google CityBlock Project [found via ChrisDodo’s del.icio.us]

This aims to produce a visual search of the urban environment. In one of their presentations they have an estimate of how long it would take to acquire images of the US’s entire commercial streetscape:

  • “~2.4 million miles of paved road in the U.S.

  • We estimate that about ~1% are commercial
  • With a high speed camera (~250 fps), we can capture driving at about 10 mph
  • It would take approximately 100 days worth of driving time to capture the entire commercial U.S.
  • Spread among 20 vehicles and allowing 6 hours of capture time per day, it would require approximately 20 days of acquisition”


So, very impressive in capturing images of the city; but what about the Image Of The City that we actually perceive? Schyuler and Rich’s excellent tutorial at EtCon made this distinction plain.

However I guess – as ever with Google – worth keeping a close eye on.

0 comments
  1. Kevan said:

    RealStreets have been doing a similar thing in Brighton, with mad artistic tangents. They’ve got a couple of giant prints up behind the tills in Habitat and M&S.

  2. Rossignol said:

    Ideas about how we perceive, imagine and conceptualise the geography of urban areas are fascinating me at the moment. The reason is probably Iain Sinclair’s London Orbital, which is a travelogue of a walk around the M25, with reference to numerous aspects of psychogeography, a theme that runs through his work. Great interview here: http://www.forteantimes.com/articles/147_iainsinclair.shtml

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