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Mapping D.C. Building Heights

I posted yesterday about residential buildings in Seoul and South Korea. Here’s a quick look at the buildings in my previous city, Washington, D.C. Darker shades represent taller buildings:

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City layouts in 3-D

Luis Dilger made a set of fine-looking prints that show city landscapes in 3-D. They look like little cardboard cutouts. I didn't only want to show these structures in the conventional way from above, but also including the exact three-dimensionality of topography and buildings - a real world visualisation. The OpenStreetMap data enabled me to visualize the satellite-based information using DEM Earth in Cinema 4D. The results are some extraordinary...

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Convert geographic data to 3-D models for printing

This seems like fun. The NodeJS package shp2stl by Doug McCune lets you convert a shapefile to a 3-D model, which can then send to your favorite 3-D printer (because you know we all have at least two of them lying around). Assuming you have NodeJS setup, simply point the package to your shapefile, specify which attribute to use for height, and presto changeo there's your 3-D model. Tags: 3-d,...

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3-D model to show free-climb route

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are free-climbing almost 3,000 feet up El Capitan, basically with their fingers. The New York Times shows the ascent with a route placed on top of a 3-D model. Scroll in a WebGL-enabled browser on the biggest screen possible for a smidgen of feeling for what the climb is like. See also Caldwell's Facebook page for some amazing pictures of what they've experienced so far....

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