This website focuses on the transformation of large metropolitan areas, we are interested in better understanding the changing form of cities, and how cities compare with each other. Using satellite information, we measure the extent of urbanization through comparisons that show all maps at the same graphic scale. We measure density and delineate those important natural systems that continue to shape the form of cities.
As part of the Global Metropolitan Observatory we have compiled relevant information to explain the form of a metropolitan region, the San Francisco Bay Area. The process is ongoing and was done as a teaching aid for urban design studios at the University of California’s Master of Urban Design Program at Berkeley and related urban design concentrations in Architecture, City and Regional Planning and in Landscape Architecture. This work can be viewed under Metropolitan Landscapes.