Skyscrapers not to scale

Of course in this rendering, Asia — where the real population-concentration action’s happening — is just a bunch of spikes on the horizon.

a post by Alexander Ross, The Long Now Blog, 13 July 2008

I recently came across these amazing data driven globes from Yale’s G-Econ group.  The one above represents population density, but their tool allows for all kinds of data to drive the topology from average rainfall to distance from coastlines.

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