We saw last month that data sets hidden in Google Street View can be extracted to create immersive 3D point clouds that make every city look like a holograph. Inspired by that work — by designer Gonzalez Vivo — Callum Prentice has mocked up an interactive version, a Google Street View search that shows you any available address as if it’s being beamed in from another dimension.
It’s “more of a render test than anything right now,” Prentice explained over email, but his plans are to “capture chunks of a city and let you wander about in 3D.”
The results so far, based on my preliminary searching of old addresses, my current office, and family homes, vary from fine-grained sheets of visual information to abstract planes standing seemingly without context, like some strange megalithic circle, a new Stonehenge of data that implies rather than captures the form of a city.
A major limitation of the site right now is that you can’t navigate up or down the street; you can only spin in circles and change the pixel size (resulting in giant, elephantine blocks of spatial data sitting atop one another like marshmallows).