City layouts in 3-D

Posted to Maps  |  Tags: , ,  |  Nathan Yau

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 views of large capitals and small towns.

Other cities include Copenhagen, Hamburg, Berlin, Paris, and others. Here’s the one for San Francisco:

San Francisco

Get yourself a copy.

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