team at moovellab find out if all roads actually do lead to rome
team at moovellab find out if all roads actually do lead to rome team at moovellab find out if all roads actually do lead to rome
dec 15, 2015

team at moovellab find out if all roads actually do lead to rome

team at moovellab find out if all roads actually do lead to rome
all images courtesy of moovellab





multi-disciplinary creative office moovellab was really curious if all roads actually do lead to rome. research associate for speculative and computational design benedikt groß took it upon himself to find out with help of digital geography and urbanism expert raphael reimann and computational and interaction designer philipp schmitt to find out if it’s true with series called ‘roads to rome‘. together they created maps using open source openstreetmap data and route calculator called graphhopper.

moovellab-roads-to-rome-open-source-data-designboom-02map displaying all roads to all 11 towns and cities called rome in the united states




they aligned starting points in a 26,503,452 square kilometer grid covering all of europe. each cell of the grid contained the one starting point to rome. once they got 486,713 starting points, they needed to find out how they could reach the city. for that they created an algorithm that calculated 3,375,746 routes with bolder lines representing streets used more often. the result is somewhere between information visualization and data art, a mobility unveiling at a very large scale. employing the unique software created, the team also displayed all roads that lead to every major european and american city, as well as all roads that lead to towns and cities called rome too.

moovellab-roads-to-rome-open-source-data-designboom-03moovellab map showcasing roads to every major european city moovellab-roads-to-rome-open-source-data-designboom-04 roads to popular american citiesmoovellab-roads-to-rome-open-source-data-designboom-05custom software to visualised all the routesmoovellab-roads-to-rome-open-source-data-designboom-06the algorithm to find the travel paths

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

technology news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
486,465 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
privacy policy