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Vertical Urbanization As Seen From Above

Because of the decrease in the availability of land area and the ever-increasing price per square meter, cities often tend to grow vertically. When we picture large metropolitan areas, we almost always imagine high-rise buildings, and the recognizable skyline becomes an icon that immediately evokes the places in which they are located.

New York, United States. Created by @overview, source imagery @maxartechnologiesDubai, United Arab Emirates. Created by @dailyoverviewSydney, Australia. Copyright: @tiarnehawkinsShanghai, China. Source imagery: @planetlabs+ 9

Sacred Spaces: What Can Cemeteries Teach Us About Our History and Society?

Cemetery in Guangzhou, China. Photograph by @nk7, found on @fromwhereidroneCimetière parisien de Pantin, Paris, France. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @geomnimapprosCementerio de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena, Madrid, Spain. Created by @overview Source imagery: @maxartechnologies Panteón Civil San Nicolás Tolentino, Mexico City. Drone by @dronerobert + 7

Memento mori is an ancient Latin expression that means "remember that you are mortal." The Roman people used it not to represent a fatalistic approach to death but rather as a way of valuing life.

A few centuries later, as we arrive at our current context and the world reaches the terrifying figure of 2 million deaths as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, memento mori is more relevant than ever.

Kevin Lynch's Images of the City Through Aerial Photography

“There seems to be a public image of any given city which is the overlap of many individual images," American urban planner Kevin Lynch once said. "Or perhaps there is a series of public images, each held by some significant number of citizens,” he added.

Following this remark, in his book "The Image of the City" (1960), Lynch begins an analysis around the elements that constitute what he considers to be the image of the city. While introducing, describing, and illustrating these elements as physical, perceptible objects, Lynch considers that other non-physical factors such as history, function, or even the name of the city also play a significant role in the construction of this imageability.

Barcelona, Spain. Created by @benjaminrgrant. Source imagery: @digitalglobeLucca, Italy. Created by @overview. Source imagery: @maxartechnologiesMadrid, Spain. Created by @dailyoverview. Source imagery: @maxartechnologiesStatue of Liberty, New York. Copyright: @jeffreymilstein+ 12

9 Cities with Medieval Plans Seen from Above

Moscow, Russia. Image created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @maxartechnologiesGruissan, France. Image created by @overview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies.Cologne, Germany. Image created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologiesPrague, Czech Republic. Image created by @dailyoverview, source imagery @maxartechnologies+ 10

In his book Breve Historia del Urbanismo (Brief History of Urbanism), Fernando Chueca Goitia states that the medieval city appeared at the beginning of the 11th century and flourished only between the 12th and 13th centuries. According to the author, this growth was closely linked to the development of commerce that allowed permanent occupations, resulting in a city no longer composed mainly of travelers. In other words, the bourgeoisie was formed thanks to the most diverse activities - craftsmen, tradesmen, blacksmiths, longshoremen - which stimulated the development of the medieval city.

Unesco's World Heritage Sites Viewed from Space

In 1972 Unesco created the World Heritage Convention linking together the concepts of nature conservation and the preservation of cultural heritage. Based on the understanding that sites and monuments are threatened with deterioration or disappearance over time, the organization determines that those of outstanding universal value deserve special protection from the dangers they are facing. Therefore, the efforts to identify, protect, preserve, and value the sites included on this list are meant to safeguard and pass the world's cultural and natural heritage on to future generations.

Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery @maxartechnologiesPalmanova. Created by @dailyoverviewArles Amphitheatre. Drone photo by @lucasmiguelCreated by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobe+ 23

Public Spaces and Urban Areas: 12 Squares Viewed from Above

Some of the most characteristic features of city squares are related to the presence of people in the space and the purposes they are given, such as places for socializing, sports, tourism, and demonstrations. These different uses, often not foreseen in the project, are closely associated with the ground level, where people can walk around and experience the space. Viewed from an aerial perspective, on the other hand, squares can reveal other aspects related to their architectural design and their placement in the urban context.

St. Peter's Basilica Square, Vatican City. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobeChicago, United States. Image created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @nearmapGrammichele, Italy. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobeBarcelona, Spain. © Daily Overview+ 13

Bird's Eye Gallery: Amusement Parks

Seeing the Earth from a great distance has been proven to stimulate awe, increase the desire to collaborate, and foster long-term thinking. Daily Overview aims to inspire these feelings — commonly referred to as the Overview Effect — through their imagery, products, and collaborations. By embracing the perspective that comes from this vantage point, the team believes they can stimulate a new awareness that will lead to a better future for our one and only home. Check out Daily Overview's Gallery of Amusement Parks and follow the team's work on their Instagram.

Gardens, Parks, and Boulevards: Mapping Green Spaces Via Satellite

There are a plethora of benefits associated with urban green spaces, namely pollution control, temperature regulation, and biodiversity--all of which ultimately add to the quality of life of city dwellers. Like other urban common areas used for sports and recreational activities, green spaces have a direct impact on the health and well being of the residents who use them.

Bern, Switzerland. © Daily OverviewBrussels, Belgium. © Daily OverviewGolden Gate Park, San Francisco, USA. © Daily OverviewBrasilia, Brazil. © Daily Overview+ 16

Losing Scale: Airports Seen from Above

Jandakot Airport, Australia. Nearmap image. <a href='https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd1khcWFqIZ/'>Via Instagram</a>
Jandakot Airport, Australia. Nearmap image. Via Instagram

At different periods in history, the human scale and the approach of the building to the sensitive dimension correlated to the body were values pursued by the architects and an object of reflection for the theoretical production of the area. Although it is a virtue that a space can be perceived in a direct relation between the person and the building, there are cases, and more than that, some project scales, that can only be realized from the furthest perspective.

In Celebration of Earth Day, 5 Overviews of Our Planet

In celebration of Earth Day, we invited Benjamin Grant—founder of the Daily Overview—to select the five "overviews" which he considers to be among the most inspiring that his platform has shared. The image above, taken on Christmas Eve in 1968 by astronauts of NASA's Apollo 8 mission is, according to Grant, "believed by many to be the first "overview" of our planet, captured by astronaut Bill Anders." This photograph dramatically pulled into focus the simultaneous magnificence, intricacy, and terrifying fragility of the planet we inhabit. Since that moment the advent, acceleration, and accessibility of satellite imagery has made one thing abundantly clear: that humankind has had a considerable effect on Earth, for better or for worse.

Civilization in Perspective: Capturing the World From Above

As recently as a century ago the idea of viewing the world from above was little more than a fantasy: the airplane was still in its infancy, with rocketry and satellites still decades into the future. Those who could not take to the air had no recourse but drawing in order to represent their world from an aerial perspective. This limitation is difficult to imagine today when access to plan photography is never further than the nearest Internet connection. Anyone with a smartphone has, in essence, the entire world in their pocket.

Contemplating Humanity's Effect On Planet Earth, From Above

Earthrise, a photograph taken on Christmas Eve of 1968 by astronauts of the Apollo 8 mission, was a defining moment for our collective understanding of the world in which we live on. For the very first time it dramatically pulled into focus the simultaneous magnificence, intricacy, and terrifying fragility of the planet we inhabit. Since that time the advent, acceleration, and accessibility of satellite imagery has made one thing abundantly clear: that humankind has had a considerable effect on Earth, for better or for worse. Daily Overview's self-defined mission is to "consider the places where man has left his mark and then conduct the necessary research to identify locations to convey that idea." They do so with incredible effect.

Courtesy of DigitalGlobeL’Eixample district in Barcelona, Spain. Image Courtesy of DigitalGlobePalmanova, Italy. Image Courtesy of DigitalGlobeHoover Dam - Clark County, Nevada / Mohave County, Arizona, USA. Image Courtesy of DigitalGlobe+ 25