9/28/2016

DuSable Harbor

Chicago, Illinois, USA

41.8798146,-87.618203

 

Sailboats are docked at DuSable Harbor in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The facility is located on Lake Michigan in the heart of the city’s downtown area and contains 420 slips for boats between 30 to 60 feet in length.

Source imagery: Nearmap



 

9/27/2016

Port Newark

Newark, New Jersey

40°40′54″N 74°09′02″W

 

Shipping containers are stacked at the Port Newark Container Terminal in Newark, New Jersey, USA. The massive facility handles over 600,000 shipping containers every year and has begun expansion projects that will increase annual capacity to 1.1 million containers by 2030.


 

9/23/2016

Sun City

Sun City, Arizona, USA

33.6189504, -112.291099

 

Houses, built in concentric circles, make up a section of Sun City, Arizona, USA. When the development opened on January 1, 1960, the event attracted a crowd of more than 100,000 onlookers and the "futuristic development" was featured on the cover of Time magazine.


  9/22/2016 Boca Raton, Florida 26.386332°, – 80.179917°   Residential development is seen in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. Because many cities in the state contain master-planned communities, often built on top of waterways in the latter half of the twentieth century, there are a number of intricate designs that are visible from the Overview perspective. Boca Raton is home to roughly 91,000 residents.

 

9/22/2016

Boca Raton, Florida

26.386332°, – 80.179917°

 

Residential development is seen in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. Because many cities in the state contain master-planned communities, often built on top of waterways in the latter half of the twentieth century, there are a number of intricate designs that are visible from the Overview perspective. Boca Raton is home to roughly 91,000 residents.


 

9/21/2016

Delhi, India

28.614656°, 77.057758°

 

Delhi, India contains approximately 16 million residents. The neighborhoods of Santosh Park and Uttam Nagar, both pictured here, are home to some of the city’s poorest people and contain its most built-up and densely populated land. Numerous studies have shown a correlation between the wealth of a residential area and its total number of trees and the amount of green space. This Overview is a particularly striking example of that trend.


 

9/13/2016

Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange

Los Angeles, California

33.9287°N 118.281°W

 

Today I'll be traveling throughout the freeway network of Los Angeles, well known for its massive interchanges (and traffic). The Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange is a stack highway interchange located near the Athens and Watts neighborhoods in South LA. This junction is composed of five levels that scale to a staggering height of more than 40 meters (132 feet). 


 

9/13/2016

Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles, California, USA

33°56′33″N 118°24′29″W

 

This morning I’m flying to Los Angeles for a couple of days through the city’s international airport, commonly referred to as LAX. Last year, the facility handled nearly 75 million passengers, making it the seventh busiest in the world.


 

Ever wondered how the moon affects the tides of water on Earth? Long story short, it’s gravity. As the moon orbits the Earth, it exerts a gravitational pull on the Earth. Since the Earth is significantly larger, it doesn't actually move towards the moon, but the water on it's surface, being liquid, does move. Photo of the Atlantic Ocean, captured via drone Benjamin Grant


 

To celebrate yesterday’s launch of “Overview” in the UK, here is a mesmerizing view of residential development in the London suburb of Dagenham. Thank you to everyone who has ordered the book, left an Amazon review, or simply helped to spread the word about the project so far. As I write this in New York, it is very powerful to see this idea resonate not only across the pond, but across the globe. If you have friends in the UK that you think would enjoy the Overviews or the book, a tag or share would be enormously helpful to keep the momentum going. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, wherever you are in the world!


 

9/8/2016

Glacial melt

Skafta River, Iceland

63.7751116, -18.09628

 

Glacial melting and flooding occurs every year by the Skafta River in Iceland. As the water travels down towards the North Atlantic Ocean, incredible patterns are created on the hillsides. Rising lava, steam vents, or newly opened hot springs can all cause this rapid ice melt, leading to a sizable release of water that picks up sediment as it flows down from the glaciers.


 

The Space Shuttle Challenger rises through the skies above Florida on February 3, 1984.

With the first release of my book tomorrow in the United Kingdom, I have been doing a lot of thinking about why I started this project in the first place. To sum it up in one word, it has always been about perspective. Through space travel or satellites or simply bringing ourselves to a more elevated viewpoint, we can discover new ways to see our world like never before. I think that exercise can be healthy, it can be challenging, and ultimately, it can be beautiful. For me, it has been such an amazing adventure to work on this project and this book and I can’t wait to see where it will take us next. Photo courtesy of NASA