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22 December 2012

Information Transfer: Cube Formed Manhattan

The Cube Cities platform greatly increases the information transmission of the standard 3D buildings in Google Earth. But with Cube Cities we can go further by replacing those photo-textured 3D buildings with our own building models which we call Cube Forms. Below are two views of Midtown Manhattan's Bryant Park taken from exactly the same angle, the first showing Cube Cities data overtop of Google's 3D buildings and the second with those 3D buildings removed. It's like taking an X-ray of the skyline and revealing every buildings' floor area and structural core. At a glance, our capacity to communicate building information is increased with Cube Forms, but we must be careful not to become too amorphic. See the video below to experience an acoustic flight through a Cube Formed Manhattan.
Google Earth 3D buildings + Cube Cities data
Using Cube Cities data only, a city of Cube Forms
The video below shows a flight through a Manhattan made up entirely of Cube Forms, containing multicoloured windows that reflect light as the sun crawls accross the horizon. Turn up the volume.

Fullscreen link here.

14 December 2012

Cube Cities + Expedia = Visual Hotel Search

Guess how many hotel rooms in Manhattan look directly into Manhattan, literally?

Where there are hotel rooms available, Cube Cities has the best way of finding one that doesn't have a Five Star view of brick. Soon you'll be able to search major hotel sites (Expedia, on Cube Cities and see vacancy results blasted all over the 3D buildings in Google Earth. Why hasn't this been done before? Because Cube Cities is the first company to offer a vertical coding platform to dramatically improve consumer knowledge of hotel bookings.

Product screenshots:
The Millenium Hotel in Lower Manhattan's World Financial Center, Hotels by Cube Cities

New York's Park Central Hotel, Hotels by Cube Cities
Traditionally mapped hotel search results:

9 December 2012

New! Altus InSite Market Videos for December

Below are our new office market videos for Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. Produced by Altus InSite and Cube Cities, these videos showcase new office and retail developments that are under construction or pre-leasing. Current office and retail space availabilities are shown with blues indicating available space that is directly available from the landlord and greens indicating sublease availability.

High resolution, full screen, Toronto office market link

High resolution, full screen, Vancouver office market link

High resolution, full screen, Calgary office market link

3 December 2012

Cube Forms: Fully Interactive Building Information Models

It's wonderful to work with all the great 3D building models in Google Earth, but sometimes there are no 3D buildings for an area or we're working with future buildings that are currently pre-leasing or under construction. To solve this problem we created Cube Forms. Built from the same patent-pending, data processing techniques we use to visualize information on photorealistic models, Cube Forms are fully interactive building models, generated entirely from the Cube Cities spatial database.

Cube Forms illustrate marketing activity in future buildings
Complete with floors, setbacks, structural columns and a transparent glass effect, these colourful structures are perfect as immersive infographics on the window, floor or building level. It's the fastest and most effective way to orient floor plans and communicate marketing activity for new buildings. View the video below to see a demonstration of a Cube Forms building in Philadelphia.

Fullscreen and HD