Have you ever stared down at the Earth from the window of a plane, watching buildings grow smaller and smaller until they're just abstract shapes? From up in the sky, the world that we know seems simplified, yet profound. Flying over New York City, you can see the long rectangle of Central Park, the tip of Lower Manhattan curving around Battery Park, and the Hudson, East, and Harlem Rivers snaking around the island of Manhattan. The way architects and urban planners have shaped the earth comes sharply into view.
Astronauts have described this phenomenon as the "overview effect," citing the psychological impact of seeing the Earth from outer space. The Daily Overview, a new website launched last month, aims to share their sense of awe by posting one satellite photo of the Earth every day.
Founder Benjamin Grant and his team have chosen to focus on the built environment, "shining a light on the areas where our human activity—for better or worse—has shaped the landscape." Check out the images below of places you may be familiar with, seen from space. They might just make you adopt a new perspective on the world.
Stuyvesant Town, New York City
The Pompidou Center, Paris
The Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia
Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange, Los Angeles.
Santa Caterina Market, Barcelona
King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The Forbidden City, Beijing
Palace and gardens of Versailles
Stepped vineyards along the Moselle River, Ürzig, Germany
Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Martin
Floating fish farms, Taiwan Strait
Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi
Joseph Jensen Treatment Plant, Granada Hills, California
Columbia Station, Ohio
Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, Arizona
Barefoot Bay Development, Florida