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Category: statistics

Do you know the world of today? Nope.

by vytasvulgaris

The statistician superstar Hans Rosling has been humming around for a while already destroying our prejudices about the world of today.  BBC documentary Overpopulated is definitely one of the most amazing  life statistics shows of him (except from the sward swallowing at TED) with a number of braking facts and figures (presented in the high-tech entertainment style) bringing completely different view of the world than we actually think.


Suburbia is starting to die?

by gailiute


While scanning through numerous articles about suburban life, I came over a few articles and posts that american dream of living in a nice suburban house actually is not a dream anymore. Well, at least for a small, but constantly growing part of society. Authors basically support this idea of decreasing amount of car users in generation Y (by the way, I did not know that we are called generation Y, that’s something new for me!) and increasing per cent of suburban poor, which means, according to the authors, that higher educated or “smarter” or anyhow “better” people tend to exchange suburbs to a better & compact city life. Of course, the authors admit that there will always remain those, who, despite anything, will adore suburban life.

Well, could be true, could be just a nicely played with a few statistical figures, but good to know.

And as for us, in Lithuania, I don’t think that suburbia is going to die soon, we’re just in the middle of creating it. Still need some time..

Pictures taken from here:



Mapping 6.0 Again infographics

by gailiute

I find infographics more and more  pulling me in the endless possibilities of sharing information. When I grow up, I will start doing infographics as well, until then, I just look at them ;)

And share with you.

how cool is that to make your portfolio/cv as infographics?



Or to know how to make Any kind of coffee?



One of many videos that tries to raise your awareness and warn about the evil google :)

This one is great. (Having in mind music) :)



This one shows the shape of  any song. Example of  Chopin, Mazurka in F# Minor



Finally, I cope/paste last part of this blog :


1) Cool Infographics

2) Infographics Showcase

3) Flickr Infographics Showcase

4) AXIS Data visualization Framework

5) Visualize US

6) Data Visualization on the Wikipedia

7) Infographics on the Wikipedia

8 ) Great examples with Tools – Web Designer Depot

9) Deviant Art Infographics Showcase

Mapping 5.0 How many Earths do we need?

by gailiute

Here it comes the 5th post about infographics. It is quite remotely related with urbanism, however here you can find an article how much space would we need if everybody in the world started consuming as e.g. americans.

“Assuming we were able to use all the land on the planet–with the exception of Antarctica– here’s how much of Earth(s) we would need if we all lived like people in Bangladesh (or India. Or France. Or, yes, the U.S)” (Elert, 2012):

Futher reading: Elert E. (2012) http://www.popsci.com


Mapping 4.0 the Internet

by gailiute


If one try to imagine the extent of internet almighty, this website might help in doing so. You can explore its depth here in very nice and catchy way!


Mapping 3.0 (infographics)

by gailiute

For the past couple of days I can not stop looking for interesting maps and infographics. There are millions of them, a lot of boring but many many are so eye- catching. A lot to learn from. It is impossible to put them all here – and no need to do that. Just some that I find nice.

Found here: http://infographiclist.com/

Found here: http://inspiredm.com/30-infographics-about-infographics/

Found here: http://www.pdviz.com/religions-world-map

Found here: http://www.pdviz.com/studio7



Real time World statistics

by gailiute

Simple website showing current numbers on world population, economics, society & media, environment, food and many others. The best part of this website is that numbers changes constantly, some of which runs at an enormously huge speed.


How the Dutch got their cycle paths

by vytasvulgaris


Brief and sharp documentary which brings  through the Dutch cycling history of the last century within 6 min. With numbers, facts and simple  analysis that gives summarized and clear answer.


The iPod Index

by gailiute

Some interesting fact about cities/urbanisation/slums. Worth to know that cities started being ranked by iPod index :) (Ranking by burgers still valid, or not?)


“The iPod index: An average wage-earner in New York City or Zurich, Switzerland can buy an 8 GB Apple iPod Nano after nine hours of work. In contrast, it takes an average wage-earner in Mumbai, India 177 hours – nearly a month’s salary – to buy the same iPod (CityMayors)”

“Most expensive: Luanda, Angola is the most expensive big city in the world, according to Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey for 2010. Tokyo, Japan and Ndjamena, Chad rank second. This year’s survey of the world’s most expensive cities includes ten from Africa (CityMayors)”


“The urban population of the world’s two poorest regions, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, is expected to double over the next 20 years.”

“Rural-to-urban migration is just one of the three drivers of urbanisation, accounting for about 25 per cent of urban population growth. The other two factors are natural population increases and the reclassification of rural areas into urban ones (Commission of Growth and Development, 2009)”

(Source: The World Bank’s World Development Report 2009)


“Slums are often economically vibrant: today, about 85 per cent of all new employment opportunities around the world occur in the informal economy.”

“There is one toilet for every 500 people in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.”

(Source: UN-HABITAT State of the World’s Cities Report 2010-2011)

The beauty of the worst neighbourhoods

by vytasvulgaris

This picture by Laura Lapinskiene was taken this spring in one of the “officially worst” neighbourhoods of the Netherlands (http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/De 40 wijken van Vogelaar).

With this i find inspiration to suggest the topic “the beauty of the worst neighbourhoods” not only as an anti-stigmatization campaign, but as a way to think about the spatial quality of the streets we live in or we (don’t) pass by. Where is the relation between the quality of space and social ‘data’ around them? And other way around: how do we (or our politicians) use social statistics to judge urban space and life quality? So i invite to observe and register by texts and snapshots the beauty of life in the worst neighbourhoods of our cities.

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