Monday, October 30, 2006
I hope that these Segue Cities can become sites for a new system of global interaction. I suspect that many of these cities will encounter similar problems of population growth, unsightly conditions around the port areas, and a general confusion and inefficiency of distribution of people and goods. I plan to analyze the largest Segue Cities an pose a plan for the construction of an off coast island which could perhaps serve an of shore port/airport for a more efficient distribution of cargo and passenger traffic.
One very interesting corner is the North Sea. London and Paris are two mega cities which depend on a large import export business; the London, Paris, and Amsterdam airports are among the worlds largest, four of the world's largest ports are located here and finally, all of the countries in this general area contain strong rail and interstate networks. As the population continues to grow and more pressures are felt of the expansion of airports and ports what could a solution be to make the transport of goods and passengers in and out of the area more efficient. Inspired by an earlier case study on Kansai International Airport in Osaka, I began to wonder if it would be possible to build an island in the North Sea which would serve as a major airport and seaport to receive and send northern Europe's goods and passengers throughout the rest of the globe. A chunnel type system could allow interstate highways and trains to access the island working with the seaport and airport.
Thus, I hope that the map will reveal some of the world's most important Segue Cities; the cities that ship and distribute most of the world's goods.
This excel spread sheet is a quick matrix of what the map will try to show graphically. The following are two images from an early attempt at the new mapping:
Monday, October 23, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Some exceptions to occur,
My map intends to explore the spheres of influence of the major airlines and the countries they represent and it goes further attempting to predict future dominant powers as represented by air superiority. Based on the growth of airlines and the rate of change in population/per capita GNP the map predicts which airlines will rise next to bring their countries to the economic forefront of the globe. The best prospect, no surprise, seems to be
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Seven of the world's 20 largest airlines have been mapped, the colors coordinate to the airlines as follows: blue=Delta Airlines, purple=American Airlines, magenta=Air France/KLM, red=Japan Air, orange=British Airways, green=Qantas Air, and gray=Korean Air.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Hopefully a more elaborate revision of the previous animations can be combined with a mapping of demographic statistics such as, standard of living numbers, per capita income, or city population growths and reflect a relationship between a city and its connection to the rest of the world. My hope is that these studies will offer a valid study of population growths, population shifts, economic development and global relations over the last two and a half decades.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Click here to see the animation. Also, this video, links to a 24 hour mapping of flights entering and leaving Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Judge Dredd is not the only fictional prediction of the rise of such mega cities. Other similar ideas are illustrated in a plethora of books, magazines and films that are part of pop culture today. For instance both the films, Blade Runner (1982) and Demolition Man (1993), take place several decades into the future and depict an enormous megalopolis on the west coast stretching from
Today, the sinking rate of the island has dramatically decreased and the man made island has successfully with stood the impact of a nearby earthquake (Kobe earthquake, 1995) and several typhoons without any major damages. However, due to the extra costs, the airport is often times considered a white elephant; interest alone runs 560 million dollars a year leading to extremely high landing fees for incoming air traffic. Despite the struggles, over the last few years, the airport has been able to survive and construction on a second runway has begun with prospects of a third runway in the near future. The Kansai International airport now has over 40 international carriers and acts as the airport for most international travel in the
Other similar land forming projects are appearing all around the world such as the island “neighborhoods” near