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15 Beautiful and Informative Urban Planning Infographics

by Administrator on Apr 04, 2011

One of the professions that is likely to see growth in the coming years is urban planning. It is clear that we need to plan more for the future, especially when it comes to the lay out of cities. It is important to plan out the way the city will be laid out, since it will help determine the flow of traffic, as well as the use of resources.

If you are interested in learning a little bit more about urban planning, whether you are a professional, or merely an interested citizen, you can find out more from the following infographics. These infographics address different aspects of urban planning and many are quite beautiful as well as informative:

  1. World Population Density: If you are interested urban planning, you need to know population density. One of the biggest challenges in the developing world includes the huge population. As you can see from this infographic, China’s population density dwarfs what we see in the U.S. Indeed, you can see a real difference between the developing world and the developed world.
  2. Space Taken by 60 People: This simple, yet poignant, image shows how much space we take up in our cars. A useful look at space for the urban planner. It also makes an impact when you think about the environment. 60 people in a bus or on bikes take up a lot less space than 60 people in cars. A great reminder of how much space we need in cities just to get around in personal vehicles.
  3. 1972 System Map: This visualization of the New York City subway system is one of the most inspiring urban planning images out there. A great reference for the subway map, it serves as a model for underground and metro maps all over the world. Provides city administrators with an accurate view of the subway system. It can also be a helpful guide for creating other public transport maps.
  4. Locals and Tourists: These are great infographics for those interested in seeing where the tourists really go. This great group of images show where locals mostly go, and also where tourists congregate. These infographics can provide urban planners with an idea of the flow of traffic, and the most popular hot spots in the city. Great resources. Eric Fischer, the creator of this map, also does some great things with racial concentration in cities.
  5. Burning Man Infographic: Large events tend to impact cities and surrounding areas. One example of this is the huge Burning Man festival. If you are interested in seeing the impact of this huge event, you can check out this infographic. Find out how it impacts the surrounding the areas, and get ideas of what you can do, when planning events, to reduce impacts.
  6. 311 Calls and New York City: If New York City residents want to complain about something, they can call 311. This great infographic shares information about what is happening in the city. From sewer problems, to downed power lines, to noise complaints, there is plenty to learn. Includes time of day, and other information. An interesting resource for the City of New York, and a model that could be used for other cities.
  7. Cost of owning a car: If you are interested in educating locals about car ownership, this infographic is a big help. Indeed, this infographic breaks ownership down according to funds that stay local and those that leave. On top of that, city planners can get an idea of what could change if car ownership were reduced. An interesting look at the negative economic impact of cars on an urban area.
  8. Most Bike-Friendly Cities: Part of urban planning is making sure that different commuters can co-exist on the roadway. This infographic offers you knowledge about different cities around the world and in the U.S. — and what they are doing to make room for cyclists. Find out more about what is being done, and how you can plan to make your city more bike-friendly.
  9. What is Your Water Footprint?: This is an interesting (and interactive) infographic that looks at countries in the world, and the water used for agriculture. This can provide urban planners with some insight into water use and land use. A good resource, and an interesting way to see what is happening in the world. Use it for planning and more.
  10. Ring Roads of the World: If you are interested in seeing a rather striking visualization of urban sprawl, this is your infographic. Includes a colorful look at ring roads, overlaying them so that you can see how far they go out. A great comparison of urban sprawl in some of the great cities of the world. You might be surprised at the urban sprawl experienced by some of the cities.
  11. America’s Best & Worst Commutes: Get an idea of traffic flow in some of the largest cities in the U.S. Includes a look at the best commutes and the worst commutes. Urban planners can get some good ideas. Use this infographic to find different comparisons. Great opportunities to learn more about traffic planning. You might be surprised to find that some cities have pretty good commutes. You can learn for those towns.
  12. The Systematic City: A great infographic showing the systems used by cities. This is a great resource for the urban planner. You can see what systems your city is likely to need, and provide for them. Helpful in planning as you look at cost, and consider other factors. Useful and informative for the urban planner looking to make sure the proper infrastructure is in place.
  13. Bike-Opolis: Another great bike inforgraphic. If you have been trying to figure out what to do to help your city become more bike friendly, you can look to the top cities on this infographic. Includes a number of cities in the U.S., and ranks them by their bike friendliness. Take these cities as models — especially Portland, Oregon, which is considered the best for biking.
  14. Public Transportation: Who is using public transportation? Not too many of us. This infographic is a simple look at how people use public transportation. It compares public transportation and walking in the 1960s to the year 2000. A great reminder for the urban planner looking to increase the number of people using public transportation. You can look for ideas to make public transportation more attractive.
  15. Understanding Chinese Energy: Great source of inspiration for those looking to figure out how to use different energy sources. You can see how China powers itself, and get some good ideas for incorporating alternative energy into your city’s power plan. Plenty of good ideas.
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