A Visual History of Urbanization
June 20, 2016 7:07 AM   Subscribe

A Visual History of Urbanization
This map shows a 5,700-year timelapse of the world's cities being born one-by-one, starting with the first known city, Eridu, in 3700 BC. The data is from one of the coolest academic studies I've come across in a long time, which compiled a comprehensive dataset of the world's cities and their historic populations, from 3700 BC to 2000 AD.

The topic of the research itself was fascinating, but what I thought made the study particularly cool was the collaborative spirit: fully transparent about how the data was compiled and encouraging of other people using it for their own research/projects -- sort of the academic equivalent of open source coding. I think it's a great model for this sort of research in the information age.
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This project was posted to MetaFilter by y2karl on June 18, 2016: Metrocosm: The History of Cities Visualized

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