Sarasota Half in Dream is a feature-length Surrealist documentary about dead turtles, crab swarms, decaying resorts, and microscopic histories. Streaming online for free. [more inside]
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. [more inside]
This is a web application optimized for mobile devices that pulls realtime data from the MetroTransit.org municipal data feed in real time. If you're trying to catch the bus, you can find stations by full-text search, bookmark them and reload the page for live-updates of bus arrivals. It's made with Flask (a Python based web framework and Twitter Bootstrap a CSS framework). MTransit can also locate the closest bus stops to you via a geolocation API available in most browsers. It displays well on tablets, phones and good old browsers. [more inside]
I like to gather and post pictures of cities worldwide taken between 1960 and 2000.
Premiering February 11th, a documentary film about Pruitt-Igoe – perhaps the most infamous and contentious urban failure in living memory. The buildings' violent implosions were famously cited as the moment marking "The Death of Modernist Architecture". But this real failure quickly took on mythical characteristics; its complex history reduced to bullet points. The real lesson, the film argues, is about the profound ways the American City changed in the 20th century. [more inside]