Henry Grabar is a freelance writer and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.
The world like you've never seen it before.
You may remember Rorschmap, James Bridle's 2011 website that looks at Google Earth images as if through a Kaleidoscope. The results are pretty wild — cities acquire a symmetry that recalls, for me, one of those perfect games of SimCity, or certain Renaissance planning diagrams.
Or, to take Bridle's analogy, a Rorschach test, where psychology reveals itself through inkblot analysis.
What do you see in New York?
Here's part of Paris:
Now, Rorschmap includes Streetview, which allows you to do the same thing for urban panoramas. Here's SoHo, in New York:
You can easily input an address into the Rorschmap, and manipulate a particular view. But you can't travel down the streets in Rorschmap, as you can in Streetview, so for browsing, we recommend Bridle's shortcut: press "R" and you go to a random location in London.
Honestly, though, who needs buildings when you have trees:
H/T Google Maps Mania.