Satellite imaging has allowed us to look at human development from a completely new perspective. From up in space, images of Earth reveal surprising and beautiful images and patterns that result from planned and unplanned human development.
1. Venice, Italy
The Italian city of Venice, rest upon a group of 118 small islands linked by bridges and separated by canals. The famous city is located within the Venetian Lagoon, a saltwater body of water , between the Po and Piave Rivers.
2. Fort Bourtange – Vlagtwedde, Netherlands
Fort Bourtange, named after the village it was built in, is a star fort that was completed at the end of the 16th century. Built under the orders of William the Silent, the fort protected the only path between Germany and Spanish controlled territories during the 80 Years War.
3. Seaweed Farms – Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
Nusa Lembongan is a small island located southeast of the Indonesian island of Bali. The island is only 8 square kilometers in area with a permanent population of 5,000. The local economy is heavily driven by tourism and a seaweed farming micro-industry. The island produces an average of 50,000 pounds of seaweed each month.
4. Central Park, New York
Central Park is an 843 acre urban park nestled in the heart of Manhatten, NYC. Originally opened in 1857, a design for the modern iteration of this park won a design competition in 1858. The construction of this new park began the same year, continuing through the Civil War and was finally completed in 1873. Central Park remains the most visited urban park in the United States.
5. Schönbrunn Palace – Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace was built and continuously expanded in the 1600s. Originally used as a summer residence for the Austrian Monarchy. After the fall of the monarchy in 1918, ownership of the palace and grounds were transferred to the newly formed Austrian Republic and preserved as a museum.
6. The Palm Jumeirah – Dubai, UAE
The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago created by the Dubai government through a land reclamation project that would create three such “palm” shaped archipelagos. Construction began in 2001 and the first handover of residential units took place in 2006. The archipelago is currently host to numerous hotels, resorts, and hotel residences. In 2009, it was discovered that the islands of Palm Jumeirah were in fact sinking, although currently only at a rate of 5mm per year.
7. Our Lady of Almudena Cemetery – Madrid, Spain
Our Lady of Almudena Cemetery (Cemetario de la Almudena) is the largest cemetery in Madrid and one of the largest in Wester Europe. As the main cemetery of Madrid from 1884 to 1973, the current “population” of the cemetery is estimated to be around five million, greater than the actually population of the city itself.
8. Eixample District – Barcelona, Spain
The Eixample District is a neighborhood of Barcelona, characterized by its grid pattern layout and apartments with communal courtyards. Located in the center of the city, the district contains many landmarks, including the Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça de Tetuan. Residents of the district range from very upscale in Rambla de Catalunya to the lower middle class areas centered around Fort Pienc.
9. Grape Vineyards – Huelva, Spain
With a median temperature of 64° F and relative humidity between 60% and 80%, the hills of Huelva, Spain provide an ideal climate for growing grapes for wine production.
10. Brøndby Haveby, Denmark
Also known as Brøndby Garden City, Brøndby Haveby is a residential community located outside the city of Copenhage, Denmark. This system of cup-de-sacs provide members of Copenhagen society with the opportunity to live in suburban communities.
11. Boca Raton, Florida
Unique land development that resulted from the housing boom of recent decades.