This is a timelapse of Hamburg 1984 – 2012 provided by Google Earth Engine.
You might have to nudge the view a bit to the West to see the airport Hamburg Finkenwerder beeing extended in this timeframe. The container terminal Altenwerder also did not exist 30 years ago (bottom center). Several piers have been filled up since, e.g. Tollerort in the center and the new HafenCity top right.
Here is Las Vegas spreading into the desert over the last 36 years:
The next example is a very sad one. It shows the Aral Sea east of the Caspean Sea, at the border between Kasakhstan and Uzbekistan. Well, in fact the animation shows how the sea drys out and is about to disappear.
[Update] The Incredible Shrinking Aral Sea 1960-2014 by Brilliant Maps, Apr 2016
>> more info via techcrunch
>> cf. PetaPixel 7-Nov-2016
Google Video is closing down. Last chance to watch…
Last chance to watch Spin
Last chance to watch Bill Buxton at IIT Institute of Design Strategy Conference 2008
Last chance to watch Aza Raskin – Death of the Desktop
Last chance to watch David Weinberger’ Everything is Miscellaneous
Last chance to watch The Archimedes Palimpsest
Last chance to watch The Science and Art of User Experience at Google
Last chance to watch Jared Spool: How to Design for Branding
Last chance to watch Douglas Adams’ Hyperland
Last chance to watch Alan Kay at OOPSLA ’97
Last chance to watch Engelbart at 4th Conf on Innovation Journalism 2007
Last chance to watch Zeitgeist Addendum
Last chance to watch Barry Schwartz’ Paradox of Choice
Last chance to watch Ted Nelson on Electronic Literature
What are your favorites?
some videos are also hosted on YouTube, e.g.:
Aza Raskin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UwZkKsWgc0
Jen Fitzpatrick: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6459171443654125383…
Spin : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwMB4WijqNo&playnext=1&am…
Winberger’s Everything is miscellaneous: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3wOhXsjPYM
Quite recently Douglas Bowman left google. While this is not big news in itself it reveals some insights into google design process. There seems to be a clash between google’s data driven design by committee approach and Doug’s design attidude as an x-designer.