Skyscrapers (Part 2 of 2)

The reserve of the Western world since the early 15th century, the Tallest-Manmade-Thing-in-the-World (TMTW) Baton has been passed around the Eastern Hemisphere for the last 15 years. And these things are getting taller. More generally, the average height of buildings in urban areas is increasing. There are problems with this, especially with respect to environmental … Continue reading Skyscrapers (Part 2 of 2)

Skyscrapers (Part 1 of 2)

I was getting ready to go to my morning ethics class. 9/11/2001 evokes the same question for our generation that the shooting of JFK did for the previous one: where were you? We remember how the Twin Towers went down. I never had the privilege of knowing them intimately when they stood, but as I did … Continue reading Skyscrapers (Part 1 of 2)

Where the 7 Billion Are and How Pictures of Nighttime Lights Can Be Useful

There are seven billion people in the world. Where is everybody, really? Discovering Maps The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) has a great interactive population density map that incorporates information on standards of living, such as life expectancy and income. This PRB map aggregates populations at the country level using data from official census results and multilateral institutions. … Continue reading Where the 7 Billion Are and How Pictures of Nighttime Lights Can Be Useful