Data maps by Beijing City Lab
published on 17/9/2015
Virtual research community Beijing City Lab recently published visualised data based on the latest census, giving insight into the dynamics and evolution of Beijing as a city. Visualising enormous sets of data like these can help citizens, companies and governments understand cities and meet local needs and demands.
Urban functions, mapped. Yellow, for example, is residential, red is commercial, brown is transportation, purple is education.
Building heights; the darker the higher. You can see that the city evolved from its core, where the older, lower buildings are situated. Urban expansions which were built later, away from the centre, are higher.
Public transport card data and househould surveys were combined to analyse commutes between home and work. 1543 bus routes and 42,161 bus stops were taken into account for this data visualisation.
More information, data visualisation and links can be found on the Beijing City Lab website.
Another city of which a wide variety of data has been mapped, is Amsterdam. The city has opened up big amounts of data through its maps website, converting complex data files into smart and easily understandable maps. CityLab recently wrote about Amsterdam's mapping effort.