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Turn OpenStreetMap into futuristic, Sci-Fi visualisation


Neon, 3D buildings and a glowing street grid… In the 80s/90s when I spent long hours in front of Amiga I would consider it the best map in the world!

This retro-futuristic cartographic concept has been created with a use of Tangram engine developed by New York based start-up Mapzen. The engine transforms OpenStreetMap into a mosaic of glowing blue buildings populated with an endless flow of yellow traffic dots. You simply must visit the real thing and zoom around to see the movement in action.

By default the map shows lower Manhattan but you can zoom out and browse through urban grids around the world. This might be however quite tricky so you can just substitute your city’s coordinates for the default coordinates at the of the URL.

Tangram is an open-source 3-D mapping system so you might want implement it in your mapping projects. Definitely Geoawesome!

I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.


      • Thanks Aleks, I love your posts, highlight of my day. The F4 Group map is a bit mysterious. There is some link to the gaming industry and seems to be run out of France? Search to the Eiffel Tower in Paris and you can see the quality of their work. They seem to have gone a bit commercial lately with the inclusion of the “Discover our solutions” button on the F4 map. http://www.f4map.com/ I have just being taking advantage of the availability of the demo map and marvelling at it and the fact I can edit OSM data and 24 to 48 hours later it is rendered in 3d in F4 demo map. I hope it continues to work.
        Thanks for the link to mapzen. That’s what got me to ask the question. It has the set views (perspective, flat & isometric), but no way to tilt and rotate freely like google earth etc.

        • Indeed F4map solution looks impressive. I’ve reached out to them so might expect a post about it soon:). Thanks Craig!

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