Trivia and Exploration

If Asheville Were A Little Bit Taller (mk2)

If Asheville Were A Little Bit Taller (mk2)

Inspired by a post from a local architect I take a look at the comparative height of Asheville and tall things around the world. Along the way I share a little skyscraper history, provide some instructions for doing this kind of exploration, and poke fun at Asheville's "Shelbyville:" Kidding aside, I find this a great way to get perspective on your communty's urban environment.

Comparing Urban Footprints

This gallery is designed to compare the footprints of different American cities at the same scale using satellite imagery. Slide through the thumbnails at the bottom of each image to choose up to four to compare. You can also view each city as a gallery and explore land cover data in greater detail.

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NC has an abundance of transplants from upstate NY. They tell stories about the awful winters up north but I suspect they are secretly homesick. A rare snow-day in NC seemed like a good excuse to revisit my fascination with the City of Buffalo. Join me as I delve into topics such as snow-envy, transit, demographics, and breakfast cereal. 

Accidental Wonders of the World

Accidental Wonders of the World

Taking a break from enlightening planning commentary I decided to share some odd and interesting sites from aerial imagery. It's easy to take for granted that at our fingertips is a perspective of the world totally unimaginable to humans for thousands of years of history. These sites reveal the startling scale to which we alter our landscape.