exhibition of google earth views maps the changing face of the planet exhibition of google earth views maps the changing face of the planet
nov 06, 2014

exhibition of google earth views maps the changing face of the planet

exhibition of google earth views maps the changing face of the planet
changes in dubai from 2003 to 2014

 

 

 

mind the earth
the danish architecture centre, denmark
november 20 to january 11, 2015

 

 

on november 20th, the danish architecture centre will open an exhibition dedicated to the earth, highlighting the monumental shifts that have taken place over the last decades. urbanization and globalization have changed the natural landscape in ways unrecognizable from our perspective on ground level; thus, ‘mind the earth’ hovers the viewer above these megacities, built infrastructures and destroyed resources with aerial photographs from google earth, where suddenly we notice things we were not previously aware of.

danish architecture centre google earth exhibit shows the planet's monumental shifts
(left) dubai, 2003 (right) dubai 2014

 

 

 

the exhibition will zoom both in and out, as each of the selected images tells its own unique story about the state of the planet — from scattered island communities to massive metropolises and huge agricultural settlements. visitors will enter a dark room with photos, which illuminate onto the floor. the evolution over the course of time will be visualized through the display of the same subject at various moments in time, each accompanied by otherwise little-known facts and thought-provoking philosophy. ‘in addition to being stunningly beautiful, these photos also show some of the transformations, which globalisation, urbanisation and climate change are currently creating.’ describes  martin winther, experience communication manager at the DAC. ‘visitors to the exhibition will be thrilled and amazed by the earth’s diversity, but at the same time reminded that the earth’s resources are not infinite, and that we have a joint obligation to look after what we have.’

danish architecture centre google earth exhibit shows the planet's monumental shifts
(left) aral sea, uzbekistan 1999 (right) aral sea, uzbekistan 2013

 

 

 

the exhibition traverses four main themes — food, energy, transport and water — examining what the future might be ike for people, cities and landscapes. ‘mind the earth’ comes as the result of a close collaboration between architect and urban planner kasper brejnholt bak and writer morten søndergaard, each of whom has his own personal approach to the photo. together they create an interesting discourse into the overall meaning of the images, suggesting what our world looks like at the moment, and what it might end up looking like in the future.

mind the earth exhibit uses google views to show earth's monumental shifts
changes in the aral sea in uzbekistan from 1999 to 2013

danish architecture centre google earth exhibit shows the planet's monumental shifts
(left) the amazon, 1975 (right) the amazon, 2008

danish architecture centre google earth exhibit shows the planet's monumental shifts
change in the amazon from 1975 to 2008

danish architecture centre google earth exhibit shows the planet's monumental shifts
deforestation of the rainforest, bolivia

danish architecture centre google earth exhibit shows the planet's monumental shifts
neza-chalco-itza barrio mexico (world’s biggest slum area)

danish architecture centre google earth exhibit shows the planet's monumental shifts
ice floe, antarctica

danish architecture centre google earth exhibit shows the planet's monumental shifts
traffic intersection, los angeles

danish architecture centre google earth exhibit shows the planet's monumental shifts
fishing slum, manila

  • Using Google Maps to track the change of human influence in the world over the decades is a really cool idea. I would love to see more!

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