In our ongoing Google Earth series the Borderscapes theme covers some fascinating interfaces between built-form and nature.  The plan view images of earth, captured from space, are becoming increasing indicative of how human-made landscapes are integrating (or not integrating) with natural contexts.  The images, while only a snapshot of each occurrence, also begin to convey whether the development strategies are mindful or viral.

Farms in the United Arab Emerites at 10.5 miles

Battleship Graveyard in Benicia, CA at 6,000 ft

Jetties in San Lucido, Italy at 3,500 ft

Crater in San Salvador, Paraguay at 2,000 ft

Central Park in Manhattan at 1,500 ft

Florida Keys at 1,500 ft

Suburb in Muscoy, CA at 1,500 ft

Suburb in Palm Springs, CA at 1,500 ft

Suburbs in Salt Lake City, UT at 1,500 ft

Suburb in San Jose, CA at 1,500 ft

Umm-Durrman, Sudan at 1,500 ft

Windfarm in Copenhagen, Denmark at 1,500 ft

Swimming pool in Colares, Portugal at 400 ft

Leca swimming pools by Alvaro Siza in Portugal at 250 ft

Google Earth is now available for the iPhone – check it out here or app it on your iPhone.


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Studio teddy cruz has done a lot of work w/ tijuana, which looks rather interesting from above (massive denseness @ TJ right to the border, and a sparsely populated US just south of san diego)

Not to mention two airports separated by just under 2 miles that would be better served w/ one, a la basel-mulhouse-freiburg, servicing 3 countries.,-117.072115&spn=0.048915,0.10952&t=h&z=14

Comment by mike

The juxtaposition between cardboard halloween costumes and the series of studies on general land use around the globe is great. I don’t know how you all find the drive to do this and run your design/ build practice, but this blog is consistently refreshing and worthwhile. Thanks!

Comment by Samuel


My understanding is that they incorporate smoke and mirrors. As always Build blog., thank you.

Comment by les Fitzpatrick

great examples of the relationship between nature and reason (or lack of it) :)

Comment by Tiago Rosado

[…] hier und da auch in kartographischen Randgebieten unterwegs. Bemerkenswert zum Beispiel dieser Artikel mit Google-Earth-Bildern faszinierender borderscapes – “Grenzlandschaften”, in denen […]

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Thanks the author!

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