Urban Observatory: A New Way to Compare Cities Side by Side, From the Creator of TED
Richard Saul Wurman, creator of TED, launched the Urban Observatory to compare cities data against one another, side-by-side, on the same scale. The notion is a follow-up to a book he published in 1962 featuring models of 50 world cities on the same scale.
We live in a world of easily accessible maps; just tap your smartphone and you have instant access to directions, public transportation information, locations of landmarks, crime data, and neighborhood facts. But our map knowledge is limited by the fact that no two cities collect data the same way. Maps often aren’t drawn to the same scale, and up until now, there hasn’t been a way to compare data on things like income, cost of living, water distribution, and power grids.