The Terrainator by Dan Wilson is a service that prints a region of the world of your choice into a 3d model delivered to your door. You can do it all online and have it shipped to you for around $45. Not all areas on the globe are covered yet and I got some mixed results making maps of places I know in the UK, but the Alps and mountains of Scotland look great. As data is added both the areas covered should increase and the quality of the models will too.
I would love to see Dan add cities, imagine New York for example and even single buildings.
Aaltosites is a nice app showing Alvar Aalto buildings has been released. It gives a description and photos and shows the address and puts it on a map for you.
You can also save a list of favourites. It’s for IOS & android at the moment but it only has Aalto buildings in Helsinki. However the aim is to release updates to eventually include all Aalto buildings. (via)
Nordregio is a European centre for research, education and documentation on spatial development. A great resource for cold hard stats and maps on the Artic region.
Helsinki region now has a website Helsinki Region Infoshare which is going to be a hub for publishing information about the city region over the next few years until I guess the cities and regions take this job over for themselves. Statistical information of all kind will be published here , so it should be a goldmine going forward for all kinds of uses. This is a great step forward and hopefully it is going to be more usable than the current database for Helsinki (aluesarjat). Helsinki has also started to publish a statistical yearbook (pdf & excel / website).
The next step forward will be how to use this information to assist in design, planning and infrastructure of the city. This goes from empowering better governance right down to how individual homes can more efficiently use power grids for example. Its really important for the already mountain of data to be able to be found and then processed in a single place. Maybe this will be it.
A wonderful post and map (seen above) from Locating Helsinki about the coast at the centre of Helsinki and how it has changed, and Darren found a list of islands some of them shown on the image above which have disappeared. Another set of large changes are due to take place over the coming years also with the industrial port being moved and urban redevelopment happening in it’s place. Click on map for a larger view.