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3D model: google earth 3D warehouse

google 3D warehouse

In this example the Seattle Central Library is represented by four 3-D models existing in Google 3-D warehouse, and which can be employed in Google Earth software. In its attempt to map and catalogue most of everything, Google has created a 3-D warehouse to which users can upload their three dimensional representation of virtually anything, from coffee mugs to bridges. These objects find their place in the representational world of Google Earth but also in the smaller pockets of represented world created in the desktops of architects, engineers, and other enthusiasts, which can download and apply them to their own 3-D models. The warehouse serves as a platform where 3-D models are exchanged between users. While there are several intricate objects in the warehouse, the representations of the library are composed by simple slanted exterior planes with a roughly realistic mapping applied and a voided interior. No signs of the human subject exist, and manipulating the view to a human level is an arduous and disappointing task. In this virtual environment the human subject has relinquished its traditional central role to the urban environment and adapted to the position of observer and creator. While it accurately depicts the physical space, this represented world lacks in illustrating the real space of the human subject, the social space.

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google earth god view

In this representation the Seattle Central Library (or its construction site) can be observed from a top viewpoint, achieved by aerial imagery composed almost flawlessly from different sources via the Google Earth software. Complementary, this tool also engages with several different databases and creates a representation of the world enhanced by information and (in some places) by 3-D buildings. As Google Earth liberates the public from its customary street view and empowers it to explore landscapes and urban settlements alike from uncustomary viewpoints, several issues arise. First and foremost, privacy and publicity becomes a concern. In this specific top view it is possible to observe the connection between different sources, which seem to create a space of warped dimension, a space where the shifting form of the Seattle Central Library seems to belong. Paradoxically, in that specific image the site is still under construction and the sinuous shaped building is missing, being only present in the modified image where its 3-D avatar has been created, in the company of the surrounding straight buildings which visually correct the originally blurred z dimension. Visually, Google Earth allows users to see and float through space revealing different viewpoints to familiar and unfamiliar scenes, but also through time in their asynchronous updated image database.