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Rochester Quilt #2
|| 12/18/2007 || 11:19 am || Comments Off on Rochester Quilt #2 || ||

: rendered at 15,000 X 10,000 :
Rochester Quilt #2

This map features the transparent sphere originally used in the Lenz Project. By placing the sphere on the map, it magnifies whatever region it is placed over, and for this map it’s been placed at the center. I rendered the map at 150 megapixels instead of the standard 216 because I did not want to over-project area within the Lenz. As in, if the sphere magnifies the raster map too much it will cause it to blur when projected at a large size, so by limiting the size of the map I prevented the level of potential blurriness. The last map I made that used this process was the Pentagon Spheres, but this is first time I’ve used the Lenz at the center of a dodecagon quilt projection map. I hope to use this technique more in the future.

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Birth of a City [Rochester,NY]
|| 12/17/2007 || 1:43 pm || Comments Off on Birth of a City [Rochester,NY] || ||

link to 3mb 10 second animation of the Inner Circle of Rochester, New York

So late last night I read Geoff Manaugh’s BLDGblog entry about “the City of Retroactive Mathematics,” and made the above animation. It’s composed of three elements: a light source, two spheres of different sizes, and the imagery. Prior to reading his article I was about to make the next Rochester map, so I continued using the Rochester imagery to create what looks like a urban molecule giving birth to a smaller version of itself. Would that be an asexual city?



Rochester Quilt
|| 12/16/2007 || 7:00 pm || Comments Off on Rochester Quilt || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :
Rochester Quilt

So last week I had an awkward run-in with someone I’ve known for about a year, but didn’t know very well. I think I must have had too much to drink the night when we had first chatted because I didn’t recall the conversation and asked the exact same stupid question twice. I asked about another friend of mine from the same city and both times the person said that they didn’t know my friend. I felt rather embarrassed by it all to say the least. Well yesterday I decided to download Rochester, New York, the city they both were from, and it just so happens that while this map was rendering I found the other person I had been asking about. Interesting.

The geography featured in this map is called the Inner Loop of Rochester, New York. The source aerial photography was taken at 1 foot per pixel in April of 2005, but in order to fit the entire downtown area into a managable tessellation I reduced the spatial resolution by one half to 2 ft per pixel or 4X less spatial information. I really like the tonal variation of the Genesee River, it reminds me of the rivers in the Pittsburgh Quilts.

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