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12/18/2014

Gran Plaza

Seville, Spain

37.378882317°, -5.963216136°

 

Residential buildings surround the Gran Plaza in Seville, Spain.


 

12/17/2014

Port of Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Netherlands

51.8850°N 4.2867°E

 

One year ago we launched Daily Overview with the goal of changing the way we see our world. The success we’ve had so far with media coverage in more than 30 countries and prints hanging in the Deutsches Museum has surpassed our grandest ambitions. Thank you to everyone who has liked, shared, and taken the time to read our posts each day. We have lots of exciting plans for year two and hope you continue to follow along!

 

To celebrate this anniversary we are resharing our Overview of the Port of Rotterdam - one of the first ones we captured and one that truly helped us see the potential of this project.



 

12/15/2014

Jiaozhou Bay Bridge

Qingdao / Huangdao, China

36.169913°N 120.298305°E

 

The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge — connecting Qingdao and Huangdao, China — is the world’s longest bridge, spanning 41.58 kilometers (25.84 miles). The construction used 450,000 tons of steel and 2.3 million cubic meters of concrete. The bridge is T-shaped with an over-water, semi-directional interchange to allow for a third directional exit/entry from Hongdao Island.


  12/14/2014 Châtelet – Les Halles Paris, France 48.861°N 2.347°E   Châtelet – Les Halles is one of the largest and busiest underground train stations in the world, averaging 750,000 travelers per week day. The station is so busy that it’s currently undergoing an extensive renovation to improve passenger flow by adding more access/exit points for travelers and rerouting traffic out of the nearby shopping mall.

 

12/14/2014

Châtelet – Les Halles

Paris, France

48.861°N 2.347°E

 

Châtelet – Les Halles is one of the largest and busiest underground train stations in the world, averaging 750,000 travelers per week day. The station is so busy that it’s currently undergoing an extensive renovation to improve passenger flow by adding more access/exit points for travelers and rerouting traffic out of the nearby shopping mall.


 

12/13/2014

"Langzhou New City"

Lanzhou, China

36.100442944°, 103.807536139°

 

8 miles outside of Lanzhou, China - the capital of the Gansu province - the Chinese government has hired a private developer to slice the tops of 700 low-level mountains. The 10-square-mile area will be the site of “Lanzhou New City”, allowing the crowded metropolis of 3.6 million people to expand.

China's rapid shift from a rural to an urban society is staggering. In 12 years, China will have 221 cities with at least 1 million inhabitants and 23 cities with more than 5 million (compared to 35 cities of that size in Europe and 9 in the USA today).


 

Check out this incredible aerial shot of shipping containers in Portsmouth, Virginia from one of our favorite photographers, Alex MacLean.


 

12/10/2014

Sun City

Sun City, Arizona

33°36′51″N 112°16′55″W

 

The retired community of Sun City, Arizona opened on January 1, 1960. At the time, this event at the futuristic development attracted such a sizable crowd - 100,000 people - that it was featured as a cover story for Time magazine.


 

12/9/2014

Glastonbury Festival

Pilton, Somerset, England

51.155°N 2.586°W

 

Glastonbury Festival is a five-day music event attended by more than 135,000 people every year in Pilton, England. The population of Pilton on the other 360 days of the year is 998.


 

12/8/2014

Kufra Basin Agriculture Project

Kufra District, Libya

24°11′N 23°17′E

 

The Kufra Basin in the Sahara Desert of Libya is one of the most heavily irrigated oases in the world. The Libyan government enacted a plan in the 1970’s to enable agricultural cultivation in the desert by extracting water from the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System, a non-renewable source of fossil water located beneath the surface. Because only 2% of Libya's land receives enough rainfall to be cultivated, the aquifer is now nearly dried up.


 

12/3/2014

Munich International Airport

Munich, Germany

48°21′14″N 011°47′10″E

 

Today I’ll fly to Munich International Airport to attend the opening of the “Welcome to the Anthropocene” Exhibition at the #DeutschesMuseum. Flughafen München uses two runways that are 4,000 meters (13,123 ft) long, and 60 meters (200 ft) wide. It's the second busiest airport in Germany, handling more than 38 million passengers a year.


 

12/2/2014

Louvre Pyramid

Paris, France

48.860854°N 2.335812°E

 

The entrance to the Louvre Museum in Paris, France is a glass and metal pyramid, designed by architect I.M. Pei. The structure reaches a height of 21.6 meters (about 71 feet) and has a square base of 35 meters (115 feet). Visitors enter through the pyramid, descend into the spacious lobby, and then re-ascend into the wings of the museum.


 

12/1/2014

Citrus Trees

Isla Cristina, Spain

37.241136526°, -7.294464438°

 

Citrus trees cover the landscape in Isla Cristina, Spain. The climate is ideal for this growth with an average temperature of 64 degrees and a relative humidity between 60% and 80%.


  11/29/2014 "Wish" Belfast, Ireland 54.607263236°, -5.911726153°   “Wish” is a land-art portrait spanning 11 acres in Belfast, Ireland. Created by artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, the work represents the youth's ability to look towards the future.

 

11/29/2014

"Wish"

Belfast, Ireland

54.607263236°, -5.911726153°
 

“Wish” is a land-art portrait spanning 11 acres in Belfast, Ireland. Created by artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, the work represents the youth's ability to look towards the future.


 

11/28/2014

Lucca

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

43°51′N 10°30′E

 

Lucca is a city and commune in Tuscany, Italy. The city walls, constructed during the Renaissance-era, have remained intact as the city expanded and modernized. As the walls lost their military importance, they became a pedestrian promenade that encircles the old town, although they were used for a number of years in the 20th century as a track for racing cars.


 

11/27/2014

Cranberry Bogs

Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

41°57′30″N 70°40′04″W

 

If you put cranberries on your Thanksgiving turkey today, there’s a chance they came from these bogs in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Cranberries are a Native American wetland fruit that grow on low-lying vines, floating in beds layered with sand, peat, gravel, and clay. Coincidentally, Plymouth is also the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims and was the location of the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. Happy Thanksgiving from Daily Overview!


 

11/26/2014

M23 / M25 Interchange

Redhill, England, UK

51.263678538°, -0.128527162°

 

A highway interchange connects the M23 and M25 motorways in Redhill, England.


 

11/25/2014

Ètang

Le Grau-du-Roi, France

43.534657,4.157954

 

A saline marsh, known as an étang, glows in Le Grau-du-Roi, France.


 

11/24/2014

Pearl Qatar

Doha, Qatar

25°22′7″N 51°33′5.7″E

 

The Pearl Qatar - located in Doha, Qatar - is an artificial island spanning nearly four million square meters. By 2015 the $15 billion construction project will be home to 45,000 residents who will occupy massive complexes like the 31 buildings of the Porto Arabia Towers seen here.


 

11/23/2014

UTA Flight 772 Memorial

450 km east of Agadez, Niger

16.86493°N 11.953712°E

 

The memorial for UTA Flight 772 is located 10km away from the plane's crash site in the middle of the Sahara Desert. Families of the victims laid out black rocks over 170 broken mirrors (one for each victim of the crash) in the shape and dimensions of the DC10 airplane inside a compass. Completing the final leg of its journey on 9/19/1989 from N’Djamena, Chad to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, UTA 772 was taken down when a suitcase bomb exploded 450 km east of Agadez, Niger.

 


 

11/19/2014

Check out this breathtaking Overview of Paris, shared with us by  @gotrotamundo on Instagram!


 

11/18/2014

Köln Hauptbahnhof / Kölner Dom

Cologne, Germany

50°56′33″N 6°57′29″E

 

Cologne’s main train station - Köln Hauptbahnhof - serves more than 280,000 passengers per day. To enter and leave the station, trains pass over the six-railway wide Hohenzollern Bridge, which spans the Rhine River. Both are situated next to the renowned Cologne Cathedral (seen here below the station), whose construction commenced in 1248 but was not completed until 1880.


 

11/17/2014

Soldier Field

Chicago, Illinois, USA

41°51′45″N 87°37′0″W

 

The Chicago Bears won their first home game at Soldier Field last night, beating the Minnesota Vikings 21-13. The stadium, located on Lake Michigan, is the third-smallest in the NFL with a seating capacity of 61,500.
 


 

11/15/2014

Central Park foliage changing colors, captured by our friend @grahamgarvie on his descent into New York City yesterday afternoon.


 

11/14/2014

Gasometers

Vienna, Austria

48.185°N 16.420°E

 

The Gasometers in Vienna, Austria originally served as massive gas tanks from 1896 to 1984. With the city's changeover from town gas to natural gas starting 1969, the tanks were no longer used and were shut down. However, the brick exterior walls were preserved and the structures were repurposed with residential (~800 apartments) and commercial (facilities include music hall, movie theater, and shopping mall) spaces at the turn of the century.


 

11/13/2014

Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone National Park, Teton County, Wyoming, USA

44°31′30″N 110°50′17″W

 

At the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, visitors can get a close-up view on a series of elevated boardwalks. The hot spring gets its vivid color from pigmented bacteria that grow around the edge of the mineral-rich water. While our Overviews typically consider human impact on the landscape, here we marvel in our fascination with the beauty of the natural world.

 

 

11/12/14

KaabaAl-Masjid al-Haram

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

21.4225°N 39.826181°E

 

The Kaaba is a granite, cuboid structure that stands 43 feet high. The Cube is located at the center of Masjid al-Haram, the largest mosque in the world in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. During the hajj, pilgrims gather and circle the building to pray —more than 1.4 million applied for hajj permits in 2014. Wherever they are in the world, Muslims are expected to face the Kaaba during daily prayers.


 

11/11/2014

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France

 

49°20′3″N 5°5′36″E

 

November 11th is both Armistice Day (commemorating the armistice signed to end the hostilities on the Western Front of World War One) as well as Veterans Day in the United States (honoring those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces). Appropriately, today’s Overview shows Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery near Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France. The cemetery contains 14,246 soldiers who died during WWI - the largest number of American military dead in Europe. More than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died during the conflict that ravished Europe from 1914 to today's date in 1918.


 

11/10/2014

Burning Man

Black Rock City, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA

40°47′13″N 119°12′16″W

 

Burning Man is a week-long, annual event held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, USA. Drawing more than 65,000 participants in 2014, the event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. The developed part of Black Rock City, the temporary residence of the campers, is arranged as a series of concentric streets with the "Man Sculpture" and his supporting complex at the center.


 

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For the past two days, an installation of 8,000 glowing balloons titled ‘LICHTGRENZE‘ (meaning "border of light"), has traced an approximately 15 km long segment of the former course of the barrier that once separated the German city in two.



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