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Dwelling-Scapes
February 12, 2008, 5:15 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Rural Architecture, Scapes, Travel, Urban Architecture

 Dwelling-Scapes

There are only 3 things in the world cooler than modern architecture: Legos, Steak Frites and Google Earth. We try and work Legos in wherever we can and this isn’t a food blog so that leaves us with Google Earth for today’s entry. We’ve rounded up a series of images on Google Earth displaying patterns of human habitation from around the globe – or Dwelling-Scapes if you’ll allow us to fabricate an architecty term. “But are the images all at the same scale so that we can compare and contrast?” – you ask. You bet they are, we didn’t buy Photoshop just to dinker around with finished photos of hot modern homes. Collecting images from Google-Earth can be overwhelming so we gave ourselves a few stipulations:

1. The images focus on practical, utilitarian forms of habitation (beat-it St. Peter’s Piazza)
2. The forms of habitation are in use today (86 Pompeii).
3. Each image is taken at an elevation of 2,500 feet above the Earth’s surface.
4. Each image is cropped to show a ½ mile x ½ mile swatch or 2,640 feet square (a 6.46 inch square crop in photo shop for the mathematically inclined).

Here’s what we came up with:

Broendby, Copenhagen
Broendby, Copenhagen

Levittown, New York, U.S.A.
Levittown, New York, U.S.A.

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Celebration, Florida, U.S.A.
Celebration, Florida, U.S.A.

Sea Ranch, California, U.S.A.
Sea Ranch, California, U.S.A.

Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy

New Delhi, India
New Delhi, India

Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.
Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.

Nairobi (Kibera slum), Kenya
Nairobi (Kibera slum), Kenya

Antigua, Guatemala
Antigua, Guatemala

Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico

Naples, Italy
Naples, Italy

Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland

Caracas, Venezuela
Caracas, Venezuela

Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca, Morocco

Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Nuuk, Greenland
Nuuk, Greenland

New York City (West Village), New York, U.S.A.
New York City (West Village), New York, U.S.A.

Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

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What are the coordinates for the Broendby, Copenhagen image? I wanna look at that one closer!

And the Casablanca, Morocco looks like a game of Tetris…awesome!

Comment by Anonymous

oops, didn’t mean to go anon on ya. that comment was from me.

Comment by spark

Broendby is a neighborhood south-west of Copenhagen
the coordinates are:55 38 12.99N 12 23 49.85E

Yeah – the Morocco find was a total surprise – I was actually looking for images of the enormous and chaotic public markets there when I came across the tetris.

Comment by Andrew

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I live quite close to Brøndby, and can I just say – from ground level, the ‘hood is not nearly as impressive as Google Earth makes it out to be. It’s generally thought of as a “bad-boy” place, but must say that I feel the need to reconsider after seeing it put into context like that. Sometimes, I suppose it’s all about the context.

Comment by Christina




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