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Beyond Google Earth

Satellite-based photography — now an integral part of our daily lives thanks to Google Earth and other mapping services — might seem the ultimate example of neutral, just-the-facts documentation. Yet this neutrality is illusory: satellite imagery is constructed by systems which do not simply present but also transform the raw visual data.

Satellite imagery might seem neutral, but it is constructed by systems which not only present but also transform the raw visual data.

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Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and senior research fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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Sandy Isenstadt

Sandy Isenstadt is a columnist for Places. He is a professor and Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, specializing in the history of modern architecture.

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Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos is a columnist for Places. She is an internationally recognized historian and professor in the architecture department at the University at Buffalo.

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Gabrielle Esperdy

Gabrielle Esperdy is a columnist for Places. She is associate professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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