Category : environment

Mapillary Action

Recently I heard about Mapillary, an open-source app that lets anyone with a camera and an internet connection contribute to a database of street view images from around the world. We use Google’s street view all the time to create 3D models of remote locations, so I was curious to see what Mapillary has to offer. […]

All About Aerials
Posted by on November 15, 2016
Posted in: environment, imaging, legal, mapping, real estate, tips and tricks

Investigating a motor vehicle crash or crime? Planning a trip? Shopping for a new home? For these, and countless other activities, aerial photography is a valuable source of information. You probably already know how to get it: Google Maps, right? That’s a great place to start, but dig a bit deeper, and you stand to […]

Mount Hood Seismicity
Posted by on June 8, 2016
Posted in: environment, inspiration

Following Mount Fuji, our very own Mount Hood is the second most climbed mountain in the world, with over 10,000 people summiting a year. Mount Hood can look like a different mountain from different vantage points, sometimes appearing very sharp and pointed, sometimes much more supple like it does from the Columbia River Gorge. The tendency […]

Green Loop

The Green Loop is a concept for a continuous six-mile loop of active transportation and place-making infrastructure that would connect the east and west sides of central Portland. The concept has been around for a few years, but recently the John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape in partnership with Portland Bureau of Planning […]

Free Parking
Posted by on October 24, 2014
Posted in: environment, inspiration, real estate, transportation

What is the purpose of city streets? You might think that streets are just for moving people and goods, but this is not entirely true. In fact, about one third of the space (more or less depending on street type) is used for storage of private vehicles and other stuff, a.k.a. parking. To get a feeling […]

Sharing The Mesh
Posted by on September 12, 2013
Posted in: creative community, environment, inspiration, mapping, mobile, transportation, web

In January of this year, the car rental company Avis jumped onto the sharing bandwagon by acquiring ZipCar. This summer, Citi Bike (bikeshare) has finally launched in New York City. The past few years have been big for sharing, or as some brand it, “collaborative consumption.” In September of 2010 two different books were published […]

Aquafarm Control
Posted by on July 29, 2013
Posted in: environment, inspiration, projects

My morning commute takes me past a blue Subaru Outback emblazoned with a “don’t eat farmed fish” bumper sticker. This being Portland, Oregon, I’m guessing the driver is more concerned about sustainability than keeping a job as a commercial fisherman. Why the concern? Turns out that farmed salmon consume a lot of feedstock made from […]

Glacial Pace
Posted by on June 3, 2013
Posted in: environment, inspiration, Uncategorized

I’ve had some notes to myself for blog post ideas lying around that suddenly came together last week. A few months ago, I came across this article on the NYT’s Dot Earth blog about a proposal by scientists to redefine sustainable development in terms of a single, comprehensive “bottom line.” This in contrast with the […]

Wave Energy
Posted by on January 25, 2013
Posted in: energy, environment, photomatch

Oregon looks poised to green light plans to build wave energy parks in four locations off the Pacific Coast. The Oregon Territorial Sea Plan, which is due for a vote this week in Salem, strikes a balance between the desire to develop new sources of renewable energy and real concerns about impacts on wildlife and […]

Open PV Project
Posted by on April 17, 2012
Posted in: energy, environment, mapping

Since a fair amount of our work at Fat Pencil Studio is related to solar power, it sure does seem like there has been a marked increase in the installation of solar PV arrays in recent years. But it’s always nice to have some well-presented data to confirm one’s impressions, so I was excited to […]