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A Gigapan of West Sahara Lake Circles Quilt #2
|| 3/10/2009 || 11:25 pm || + Render A Comment || ||


Last month I decided to upload my map of the New York Public Library to Gigapan to see what it looked like. Today I uploaded my most recent map for you to check out. I’m not sure if I’ll continue to upload my maps here because it takes a long time to open them up and resave them as jpegs, but I find them quite fun to look at. Maybe the next one I’ll have something hidden in the map and make it into a quasi-Where’s Waldo style game.


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West Sahara Lake Circles Quilt #2
|| 3/8/2009 || 4:59 pm || Comments Off on West Sahara Lake Circles Quilt #2 || ||

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West Sahara Lake Circles Quilt #2 by Nikolas R. Schiller

Using this portion of West Sahara Lake Circles Quilt to make this derivative map.

Upon closer inspection of the aerial photography, I think I know where all that water from Lake Mead went. Swimming pools!

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West Sahara Lake Circles Quilt
|| 3/4/2009 || 1:05 pm || Comments Off on West Sahara Lake Circles Quilt || ||

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West Sahara Lake Circles Quilt by Nikolas R. Schiller

Last night, after watching the video in my previous posting, I decided to look around the satellite/aerial imagery of Las Vegas to gauge the level of sprawl. Upon further inspection I discovered how much of Las Vegas is composed of large tracts of suburban, low-density housing. I knew there was a lot of this type of development, but it wasn’t until I started looking closely did I see the pattern of the development.

The neighborhood of Las Vegas that I chose to use for today’s map is called West Sahara. It’s a large retirement community that allows only people aged 55 or older to be residents. I guess you could say that I’m happy that I’m not even allowed to live there for at least 27 years. But as I mused before, will there be any water left in 2036 when I qualify to live in neighborhood? I jest, I would never live there– put me in the mountains or a city, but not in a cookie cutter house surrounded by only people my age.

Anyways, I chose the location because it features one of my favorite transportation designs, the traffic circle. I might make a derivative map of this location later today…

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YouTube Video of Landsat Satellite Images of Las Vegas (1984-2009)
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I came across this animated slideshow last week and felt it was worthy to share here. I have an old USGS book that uses earlier Landsat satellite imagery showing roughly the same thing, but this version is newer and shows more growth. What I thought was the most interesting, beyond the fact that human growth looks like cancer, is seeing Lake Mead shrink considerably over the years. When you watch the video above, look closely at the lake on the far right side to see what I’m talking about. This begs the question, as Las Vegas grows and Lake Mead shrinks, will or should the city stop growing when the water runs out? Since its a man-made reservoir, I doubt it will go dry up anytime soon, but I guess the larger issue to me is how sustainable can living in the desert really be? There is quite a bit of space in the Las Vegas area that has yet to built on, but should it be? Should there be a limit to the growth of the city so that the city become less dominated by low-density housing? If people want cookie cutter houses I can’t say much about their tastes, but I will say that there is a carrying capacity of all environments and I’m curious about when and if Las Vegas will reach that level.


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Las Vegas – 1st Derivative
|| 2/17/2006 || 8:05 am || Comments Off on Las Vegas – 1st Derivative || ||

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I cut out a small portion of Las Vegas Quilt #1 and tessellated it to create this first derivative. When I set this up to render I made a slight, but unimportant mistake. When making these maps I try to keep the final spatial resolution as close as the original spatial resolution and in this map I zoomed out to a point where the final product is about half as detailed as the source tessellation. I wanted the map to contain the outer hexagon (while outline above) but in doing that I had to lose some spatial resolution. Nonetheless, I like how this turned out. I need to make more derivative works simply because they tend to be more pleasing to the eye due to their higher levels of symmetry. I also need to add another category for these maps, but that involves going back over all the maps and reassigning those that are derivatives. It’s not a task I want to do at the moment!



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Las Vegas Quilt #2
|| 2/16/2006 || 12:02 pm || Comments Off on Las Vegas Quilt #2 || ||

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I really like the way the zoom to the center looks. There is something about the way highways can turn into bows that I like!

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Las Vegas Quilt
|| 2/15/2006 || 8:00 am || Comments Off on Las Vegas Quilt || ||

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I decided to skip the strip and focus on Luxor, Excalibur, Tropicana, and the Mandalay Bay Resorts.

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