Flying into a city doesn't often grant people a good perspective of the suburban sprawl that they live in since big airports are usually built away from such residential areas; Ciphers by Christoph Gielen, a photographer based in New York City, is a photo series that captures such aerial sites. This photoshoot doesn't just show those living in such areas the patterns, but also bigger schemes in general.
In one way, Ciphers by Christoph Gielen captures growth. But it also captures the carbon footprint such cities are leaving behind as well. He writes, "I was able to present these settlements as relics from an era that was entirely defined by a belief in unlimited growth, of bigger is better, when neither distance from work place nor gasoline prices much mattered in determining the locations of new construction."
Ciphers by Christoph Gielen Captures Patterns in Civilized Life
1. Aerial Suburban Photography - Opportunity to use drones or high altitude cameras to capture aerial images of cities to identify development patterns and carbon footprint.
2. Urban Sprawl Mapping - Technology or tools that can map urban sprawl providing insights into the effects on natural resources and environment.
3. Residential Architecture Modification - Innovations in residential architecture to offset the carbon footprint left behind by urban sprawl and promote sustainable living.
1. Real Estate - Real estate companies can leverage aerial photography to understand development patterns and identify new investment opportunities.
2. Urban Planning - Urban planners can leverage urban sprawl mapping to make informed decisions and design sustainable development programs.
3. Architecture - Architects can incorporate sustainable design practices into their work to offset the effects of urban sprawl and promote green living.