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Five Months Illustrated on Maps

LONDON–Lately I’ve been considering subtle ways of communicating more qualitative information in the maps that I’m making. For each group of participants I have (representing a different type of relationship), I’d like to have a separate map background that represents some aspect of the tone, vibe, or feeling of the relationship being portrayed.

London: East vs West

It was recently suggested to me that it might be nice to show what my life is like here (aside from the parts that consist of staring blankly at computer screens). I’ve also decided to try weekly posts (look for me here every Tuesday!), so it made sense to write today about the two spatial areas…

Data and its Dissidents

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about data. My project for the National-Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship involves collecting a group of Londoners’ geolocation and browser data, representing that data in interesting ways, and drawing conclusions from the representations. (The images in this post show a sample of my own personal location data and a resulting map, as…

In Conversation: C40’s Johanna Partin leads discussion with USDN and the Cities of London & Curitiba

For the second year in a row, C40 and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) teamed up to bring a couple of international C40 cities to USDN’s annual meeting, held last month in Houston. C40’s Regional Director for North America, Johanna Partin, sat down with select participants to get their thoughts on the exchange. Johanna…

Mimi Onuoha: Charting the Intersections of the Physical and Online Worlds

The lives you lead are different, but not divorced. They stretch and meet at crucial intersections. You cruise websites and highways; you check into hotels and locations on mobile apps. You may like to eat a type of food and you may also “like” that food on Facebook, but those two actions do not necessarily mean the same thing.

First 5 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows Named

Meet the first five Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows.

The Greater London National Park* Opens

“There is this idea that a National Park has to be remote and rural, but cities are incredibly important habitats too.” Daniel Raven-Ellison describes his project to change the way people look at cities.

Geography in the News: The Black Plague

Black Plague Gravesites Uncovered Excavations in the spring of 2013 for London’s Crossrail, a large railway project under constructions in the city, uncovered a series of graves from the 14th century thought to be people who died of the Black plague. This terrible disease ravaged the cities of Europe during this periodic killing an estimated…

The Bigger Brains of London Taxi Drivers

The memorization required to be a London cab driver requires years of studying. In the process, it also makes drivers’ brains bigger.

In London’s Sewers: Less Pollution and A Smelly Form of Energy

If you don’t mind the smell, there’s lots to learn about the future of water and energy in the sewers under London’s streets.

Photos: London’s Top Sights and Inner Character

As National Geographic’s Change Reaction projects travels through the UK this month, take a look at some of the best candid photos from the road.

A London Sculpture That Covers a Building

Imagine a sculpture made of entirely recycled items. One artist in London is working on one that will cover an entire building.

London: City of Urban Honey and Green Ideas

In a city with deep history, we take a look at some of London’s newest innovations and ideas for sustainability.

Raising a World War II Bomber From the English Channel

Pulling a plane out of the English Channel isn’t easy. When it’s a relic of World War II, it’s even harder.

The Thames: One of the World’s Most Invaded Rivers

You might call us invasive reporters in England, transplants from America looking for a few good stories in the UK. While we’re minding our p’s and q’s, London is dealing with an entirely different breed of North American invaders, and they’re quickly filling up the city’s largest river. We’re talking invasive planets, fish, insects, birds,…