Have a look at the 19.20.21 (19 cities in the world with 20 million people in the 21st century) web site.
It introduces a study on key aspects of the phenomenon of supercities. The project is managed by Richard Wurman who is also the author of one of the most stylish fact-books called “Understanding USA“. Already included are a few pages on the development of the world’s largest cities from 1000 to 2005.
“…19.20.21 is a multi-year, multimedia initiative to collect, organize and package information on population’s effect regarding urban and business planning and its impact on consumers around the world. This 5+ year initiative will deliver results via 5 channels: online, television, print exhibits and seminars. This project will include 10 worldwide partners and appropriate affiliates…“
More information at the 19.20.21 website
- Data Visualization: Doctors of the World
- Worldprocessor: Data as Globes
- Data visualization: Extinction timeline
- Data Visualization: Trend map for 2007 and beyond
The image below was created as a poster for Dutch doctors to hangs on the wall of their waiting rooms. With 170 inhabitants per doctor Cuba is still the world leader on that chart. Not unsurprising other (former) communist countries follow on the next positions (in some of those countries the numbers have already started to deteriorate).
Ingo Guenther’s “Worldprocessor” project that started in 1988 has created some of the most outstanding globes. Currently there are more then 300 different designs visualizing world statistical data as globes. This project has been going for quite some time but the online catalog with hundreds of globes is still worth a look. We have selected [...]
The author of this “timeline of extinction” from 1950 to 2050 – the dates for “things” after which their existence has become insignificant – says himself that it should not be taken too seriously.
It ranges from WW1 to Ugliness and includes “Getting lost” (between 2010-2020), work free weekends or Paris Hilton (both around 2025), retirement (between 2010-2020), the Maldives, Microsoft and many more
The two web sites “Nowandnext.com” and “Future Exploration Network” have together created a map of major trends for 2007 and beyond. The map covers trends for society & culture, government & politics, work & business, media & communications, science & technology, food & drink, medicine & well-being, financial services, retail & leisure, and transport & automotive. More information and the full size map at the…