ATLAS #2 – City Views: Regional Compacting
Atlas #2 represents a fundamental shift in the research group’s thinking about
how to enhance the World City Network visualizations. After developing the first
two Atlases, the research group realized that using flow lines to represent
strength was limiting. Considering that a primary goal of the visualizations is
to address a recurring theme in World City Networks—connectivity is changing the
way we view the world—we focused on displaying this new effect.
A key issue with Atlas #1 and #1A is that they emphasize absolute geography over
connectivity. In order to show how connectivity is changing the way we view the
world, the research group realized we need to be emphasizing connectivity first
and geography second.
For Atlas #2, the research group decided to depart from the concept of using
flow lines to represent the strength of a city’s connection to its peers.
Instead, we addressed the clutter problem in Atlases #1 and #1A by developing
more schematic visualizations. Using a concept called multi-dimensional scaling,
the research group to develop visualizations which show how Peter Taylor’s world
city network connections are changing “absolute” geography.
Here are few examples of the images in the Atlas. Click on an image to get a
|These visualizations were developed at full screen size. Here is
the link to the full Atlas—full screen shots, some 3D visualizations, and