London Sound Survey

This is amazing. Anyone who systematically and methodically collects information so rigourously has my vote.

Described as "..... a growing collection of Creative Commons-licensed sound recordings of places, events and wildlife in the capital. Historical references too are gathered to find out how London sounds have changed."

The map to the left is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to the work on the rest of the website.

Check it out. Here.


A Word on Statistics by Wislawa Szymborska

Out of every hundred people,

those who always know better:

Unsure of every step:
almost all the rest.

Ready to help,
if it doesn’t take long:

Always good,
because they cannot be otherwise:
four — well, maybe five.

Able to admire without envy:

Led to error
by youth (which passes):
sixty, plus or minus.

Those not to be messed with:

Living in constant fear
of someone or something:

Capable of happiness:
twenty-some-odd at most.

Harmless alone,
turning savage in crowds:
more than half, for sure.

when forced by circumstances:
it’s better not to know,
not even approximately.

Wise in hindsight:
not many more
than wise in foresight.

Getting nothing out of life except things:
(though I would like to be wrong).

Balled up in pain
and without a flashlight in the dark:
eighty-three, sooner or later.

Those who are just:
quite a few, thirty-five.

But if it takes effort to understand:

Worthy of empathy:

one hundred out of one hundred –
a figure that has never varied yet.

(translated from the Polish by Joanna Trzeciak)

I know this has been doing the rounds (found via Swissmiss) but when is enough truly enough?


History Shots

I could look at their artwork all day and still keep finding new and interesting facts on them. Here's the link for this one.

They also cover other subjects, pop, politics, race to the moon. Well worth a visit.



Fantastic interactive website called Soilscapes, developed by the good people at Cranfield University in the National Soil Resources Institute. It is a simplified map of the types of soils covering England and Wales, with the purpose of "effectively communicating a general understanding of the variations which occur between soil types, and how soils effect the environment. Soil heavily influences our whole ecosystem and is a fragile resource that needs to be protected and understood."

I absolutely love it.

Found by my sister....

A form of mapping

Chris Jordan's book called Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait, brought statistics to life through photography. Not a typical way to map changes in our environment. The image on the left is from his second book on the same theme called "Running the Numbers II: Portraits of global mass culture". This one "depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world's oceans every hour. All of the plastic in this image was collected from the Pacific Ocean."

Truly amazing and thought provoking. Check out his website, particularly the photographs called Midway: Message from the Gyre.



At the risk of repeating myself from my other blog...... I would like to say that Gapminder are my most favourite people when it comes to information graphics. They did to graphs what McVities did to biscuits...... (chocolate hobnobs, need I say more?)

If you didn't get a chance to check out the interactive graphs, please do.

You can also watch a program he did with the BBC called "The Joy of Stats" on his website.


Some great maps over at Worldmapper covering all different categories, transport, food, poverty, etc. This project is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and University of Michigan.

This pdf to the left is about Forest Loss from 1990 to 2000, totalling 1,330,007 square kilometres.

It's interesting to see where the loss is most extreme. South America and Africa.

Great how they collect this information and then it's out there for all to see. Love it.


The information graphic that started it all

I started blogging over at my other blog 18 months ago and this was one of my first posts. I have decided to repeat it here as it conveys what it is I want to do.

In a simple form, it tells of how children's lives have changed over the past four generations.

I have, for a long while, been a lover of all things related to information and graphics. My hope is that the revolution we are seeing online with regards to visuals/transparencies/data visualization and such will roll over into Landscape Architecture and inform and influence all.

So, while I would like to think of myself, like many others, as an information architect, I hope when I grow up I can be an information landscape architect as well.