I did a research on the Physical model cities , specifically focusing on the New York city Model. The first question that comes to our mind is that even in this world of digitization of everything , why do we need the physical models ?? Well , in my opinion , i believe that a physical model is the best way to visualize a city , and to propose new urban developments , architectural proposals , and to do research. A physical model gives us the real glimpse of the city , from it’s history to it’s future.
My case study , was on the New York City Model ( physical model ) and the GIS 2d maps of the city.
The incredible physical model of the city was created by Michael Chesko , who just for his passion for modelling imaginary cities , built the NY model , which is among the best tiny models of the world. This model is at a scale of 1: 3200 , where 3/8 th of an inch = 100 ft.
To get an idea of the scale , the Empire State building ( ht. = 1250 ft ) is only 4.7 inch high on the physical model. This guy , definately had a lot of patience , as he used to wake up at 7am and work till 12 pm. every day. and worked on this model for 2000 hrs !!!! Oh man !
Chesko spent all these hours carving each and every building with basic tools like X Acto blades and fingernail files. The only resources he used to build this model were blueprints , google maps and photographs.
The NY GIS 2D Maps :
While doing my research for the NY GIS , i found that very similar to the Chicago data portal , open to public , even NY has it’s own data portal which is open to public. Most of the data for NY GIS can be found on NY GIS Clearinghouse website , where in you’d find the GIS Data Search , Data set listings ( as per name , organisation and sector ) , Imagery Data Sets ( raster maps and ortho imagery ) , And the GIS tools.
While exploring the website , i downloaded the ArcGIS Explorer , which is a free tool used for query only. Here you can see the 2d digitised maps for roads , topography , open street maps etc.
NY has also made a few GIS explorers , for Zoning of the city , City Model ( to search for the events and activities ) going on in the city , Tax Maps , to calculate how many people have been paying their taxes. etc.
While doing this research i learnt a lot about the 2D Mapping in GIS and the actual reasons behind the making of the physical models.