The Urban Observatory is an interactive exhibit that gives you the chance to compare and contrast data from cities around the world–all from one location. It aims to make the world’s data both understandable and useful. Brought to life by Richard Saul Wurman, RadicalMedia, and Esri, it is the first exhibit of its kind.
Coming early 2015 to the Smithsonian Institution. Get a sneak peek today!
This app brings LIVE maps from tons of cities right to your mobile device. So you can compare cool facts about multiple cities anywhere, anytime. (Caution, it’s addictive.)
"A live museum with a data pulse"
– Wall Street Journal
"A new way to compare cities"
– Fast Company
"Prepare to waste your day"
"Remarkable to see"
"Imagine putting New York and Paris side-by-side"
"Smart maps based on powerful data"
"Map lovers and data geeks are in for a real treat"
"Tranforms digital map-related jargon into information that anyone could understand"
"A level of comparative information not seen before"
– Huffington Post
"Could be a tool for social change"
Interested in getting your city involved in the Urban Observatory? Have data you’d like to share?
We'd really like to hear from you!
Beginning February 2015, the Urban Observatory will be on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution. This is your chance to get involved in this historic exhibit. (C’mon, we know you’re intrigued.)