List of Physical Visualizations
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2013 – Population Density Emerging from Walls


Two Yale architects created a room-sized physical visualization of world population density folded into itself:

Hsiang and Mendis then turned that spatial visualization into a physical installation at the 2011 Chengdu Biennale in China. They modeled the population distribution of the entire world in a kind of inverted map that visitors could walk into, inside a 10-by-10-by-10 foot room, with North America on the ceiling, Asia on one wall, Africa on another (see also the little boy in the above photo):


  1. Emily Badger (2013). What If the Entire World Lived in 1 City?
  2. Via Rodrigo Derteano's pinterest

Added by: Pierre Dragicevic. Category: Passive physical visualization  Tags: cartographic, data sculpture, population density, walkable