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Old Posted Oct 14, 2018, 12:34 AM
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A Map Of Every Building In America

A Map Of Every Building In America

Oct. 12th, 2018


Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...ed-states.html


On this page you will find maps showing almost every building in the United States. Why did we make such a thing? We did it as an opportunity for you to connect with the country’s cities and explore them in detail. To find the familiar, and to discover the unfamiliar. Every black speck on the map below is a building, reflecting the built legacy of the United States.

- These images are drawn from a huge database that Microsoft released to the public this year. The company’s computer engineers trained a neural network to analyze satellite imagery and then to trace the shapes of buildings across the country. Such information has been available before in some places, but this is the first comprehensive database covering the entire United States. In some cases, we have augmented the data with information from state and local governments that have collected their own.

- Classic maps answer questions like: How do I get from Point A to Point B? These data images, instead, evoke questions — sometimes, simply: What’s that? We found fascinating patterns in the arrangements of buildings. Traditional road maps highlight streets and highways; here they show up as a linear absence. Where buildings are clustered together, in downtowns, the image is darker, dense. As suburbs stretch out with their larger lawns and malls, the map grows lighter. Your eye can follow the ways that development conforms to landscape features like water and slopes.

- You can read history in the transition from curving, paved-over cow paths in old downtowns to suburban sprawl; you can detect signals of wealth and poverty, sometimes almost next door to each other. It all reveals what Andy Woodruff, a cartographer, calls “the sometimes aesthetically pleasing patterns of the built environment.” These images don’t just reveal cityscapes; they reveal ourselves.


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Old Posted Oct 19, 2018, 9:40 AM
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wow, looks great! I think this map can be used on various assignment service papers and projects about the history of construction and urbanisation in America
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