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Visualizing the City and Beyond: Infographic Competition Winners

The University of Alberta’s Henry Marshall Tory Chair and Curb Magazine are pleased to present the winners from our first annual infographic competition: Visualizing the City and Beyond. 

For this competition, we asked participants to visually represent an aspect of urban life, with a focus on social topics, data, and phenomena. Entrants tackled a variety of issues from global warming and urbanization to growth and density in Vancouver. To see the winning infographics in print, check out our latest issue of Curb Magazine, “Homelessness: Social Equity in the City.”

Do you love data visualization, information design, or information architecture? Email curb@ualberta.ca for details regarding next year’s competition!


FIRST PLACE

EDUCATION: WHAT IS YOUR BACHELOR’S DEGREE WORTH?  By Avenir Creative 

AvenirCreative_EducationInfograph


RUNNER UP

THE RETAIL DETAIL By Mark Woytiuk

Mark Woytiuk Infographic

If we are to think of our city as a very complex floor plan, with specified areas dedicated to particular human activities, this graphic shows what our retail territories would look like if they were concentrated in one place. As a point of comparison with major Canadian cities, the current average of retail space in the United States is 4.2 m2/person, whereas in the United Kingdom it is 0.36 m2/person.

It has become common practice to evaluate development potential by forecasting the amount of retail space that should serve a given population. The retail floor space ratio thus can be found in proposals for shopping malls and other consumerist ventures. In addition to serving as a metric to measure future development potential, this ratio helps to reflect the character of each city by intimating what the city offers to its citizens.


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