Cómo las actividades de la población global han modelado el paisaje es lo que diariamente nos muestra Daily Overview, un sitio que comparte impresionantes fotografías satelitales de distintos puntos del planeta.
Inspirado en la idea de mostrar perspectivas similares a la que tienen los astronautas mientras están en el espacio, este sitio recurre al Efecto de Visión General que, como dice su nombre, consiste en tener una imagen total de un lugar en particular.
Para conocer más lugares del mundo desde esta visión, aquí les dejamos una selección de fotografías de su cuenta de Instagram. Entre ellas se encuentra el Burj Khalifa, un edificio ubicado en Dubai que con 828 metros de altura es el más alto del mundo, los anillos concéntricos en los que está planificado Moscú, Marrakech, el diseño de Lúcio Costa para Brasilia y el colorido parque público Superkillen en Copenhague.
También está el municipio de Palmanova (Italia), diseñado con tres anillos, la Ópera de Sidney, la Ciudad Prohibida de Beijing, Las Vegas (EE.UU.), la cuadrícula urbana de La Plata (Argentina), el sistema de canales de Amsterdam, conocido como “Grachten”, el sector de Puente de Vallecas, en Madrid, y la casa del Parlamento de Bangladesh diseñada por Louis Kahn.
Standing at 2,717 feet (828m), the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE is the tallest building in the world (and casts quite a long shadow!). The design of the 163-floor structure is an abstraction of the Hymenocallis, a type of desert flower that has long petals extending from its center. The building has been very well received since it opened in 2010; however, its construction was very controversial as it was built primarily by workers from South Asia and East Asia who earned low wages and were housed in abysmal conditions.
Today we’ve added seven new pieces to our Printshop, including this Overview of the urban plan of Brasilia. The city was founded on April 21, 1960 in order to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro to a more central location within Brazil. The design - resembling an airplane from above - was developed by Lúcio Costa and prominently features the modernist buildings of the celebrated architect Oscar Niemeyer at its center. To see what else we’ve added to the Printshop, click the link in our profile.
The Sydney Opera House hosts more than 1,500 shows each year in its various performance halls, drawing a total attendance of approximately 1.2 million people. While the buildings famous “shell” design appears uniformly white from a distance, it actually features a subtle chevron pattern composed of tiles in two colors: glossy white and matte cream.
The canal system of Amsterdam -known as “Grachten" - is the result of conscious urban planning. In the early 17th century, when immigration was at a peak, a comprehensive plan for the city's expansion was developed with four concentric half-circles of canals emerging at the main waterfront (seen at the top of this Overview). In the centuries since, the canals have been used for defense, water management and transport. They remain a hallmark of the city to this day.
Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban is the house of the Parliament of Bangladesh, located in the capital city of Dhaka. Designed by American architect Louis Kahn, the complex is one of the largest legislative complexes in the world covering an expansive 200 acres. The architect’s key design philosophy was to represent Bangladeshi culture and heritage, while at the same time optimizing the use of space. The buildings’ external lines are deeply recessed by porticoes with huge openings of regular geometric shapes on their exterior, which characterizes the complex’s overall visual impact.
The swimming pool at the San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Algarrobo, Chile is the largest in the world. The pool is more than one thousand meters long (3,323 ft) and contains approximately 250 million liters (66 million gallons) of water! The resort pays $4 million dollars each year to maintain the pool.
The Vondelpark is a public urban park in Amsterdam, Netherlands that attracts more than 10 million visitors each year. The park opened in 1865 and is named after the 17th-century author Joost van den Vondel. In addition to its ample green spaces and ponds, the Vondelpark contains an open-air theatre, sculptures, athletic facilities, and numerous playgrounds.
To celebrate our 115K milestone, we’re doing a PRINT GIVEAWAY from our Printshop! To enter the contest, simply TAG FOUR (4) FRIENDS in the comments of this Overview. In 72 hours, we’ll announce a winner who will receive a 12” print of this view of Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! Contest Winner: @bessayeager !!!
The Golden Gate Bridge is a 1.7 mile long suspension bridge in San Francisco, California that spans the Golden Gate Strait, the mile-wide channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The bridge’s signature color, known as "international orange”, was selected to complement its natural surroundings and enhance its visibility in fog.