Hypercities – Urban History on Googlemap-Timelines


(Youtube Direkthyper, via Brainpickings)

Hypercities, ein superfaszinierendes Projekt von Schülern und Studenten. Grundsätzlich ist es ein Googlemaps-Mashup mit historischen Karten und jeder Menge Zusatzinfos, Bildern und Videos. Wer nur ein bisschen was mit Geschichte, Kartographie und Städteplanung anfangen kann, wird Hypercities lieben. Alleine schon sensationell: Eine Karte von Kairo mit Tweets in Real Time während der ägyptischen Revolution auf einer Google Map. Bislang gibt es Timeline-Maps von unter anderem London, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles und Mexico City.

Built on the idea that every past is a place, HyperCities is a digital research and educational platform for exploring, learning about, and interacting with the layered histories of city and global spaces. Developed though collaboration between UCLA and USC, the fundamental idea behind HyperCities is that all stories take place somewhere and sometime; they become meaningful when they interact and intersect with other stories. Using Google Maps and Google Earth, HyperCities essentially allows users to go back in time to create and explore the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment.

A HyperCity is a real city overlaid with a rich array of geo-temporal information, ranging from urban cartographies and media representations to family genealogies and the stories of the people and diverse communities who live and lived there.