Saturday, 5 April 2014

Watch 200 years of São Paulo urbanisation in 30 seconds

São Paulo Growth

Not that long ago, São Paulo was a small outpost for trade and communications. Have you ever wondered how it became the megalopolis it is today and which parts grew first?

Wait no longer. The NYU Stern urbanisation Project has mapped out urban land expansion by year form 1880 to the turn of the 21st century. The resulting animation adopts a beautiful coloured ink format, each splash of colour corresponding to a different period of urbanisation.

São Paulo, shows subdued growth in the late nineteenth century followed by small expansions in the early years of last century. Then, in the 1930s, the centro region saw a sudden spurt of growth and 20 years later the incessant and massive spread of the city hit full speed, continuing to present day.

When you observe the final picture you can spot the darker colours relating to the oldest parts of the city and the lighter colours where recent construction has developed.

The data is from the Atlas of Urban Expansion, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy


erick dietrich said...

good info. pierre, here are the most populous cities in the globe--just a word to the wise:
shanghai: 14.35 million, Lagos, Nigeria: 16 mil., Karachi: 13 million, Istanbul: 13 mil., Mumbai: 12 mil., Moscow: 12 mil., SP: 11 mil.
Not to mention that Brazil's got 200 million people

Unknown said...

The map that was used in the top of the text is from this book: .
I could not see if the Lincoln's Atlas reproduces it, but I would like you to check this out and to rectify the resource if this is the case.

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