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City of London Growth Timeline

City of London, 3D Model in Google EarthThis Google Earth animation shows a timeline of the 80 tallest structures built, and demolished in the City of London from the 1950s onwards. 

The buildings are stylized, untextured SketchUp models (fairly basic to ensure smooth playback).   Which I’ve animated during their construction and demolition by gradually being scaled upwards, and downwards.

For reference the file includes an optional, low-rise massing model, this is a simple extruded vector map of the City’s current buildings.

 City of London Growth Animation

Recommended Playback Settings

  • Toggle off Google Earth’s 3D Building Layer (under ‘Layers’) – these buildings get in the way of the animation.
  • To see the model at various points in time, either hit play (to the right of the time slider), or drag the time slider by its base.
  • Animation speed can be varied via the time slider option settings, accessed through the white clock face to the left of the time control.
  • Unfortunately, the animation flickers the first few times it’s played. This is due to the way Google Earth loads the models individually into memory.
  1. Stuart
    December 7th, 2007 at 20:03 | #1

    Loving the London timeline – thank you for the inspiration.

    I wondered whether it’s possible to present a similar .kmz file and its data using Google Earth but in a Flash player or other way so users of a web site can use the application without actually having to download the application which I know is arouns 12MB.

  2. m.g
    February 16th, 2008 at 10:57 | #2

    thank you for picture of london
    very good and beauty

  3. Martin
    June 4th, 2008 at 09:29 | #3

    Thanks – that was interesting – didn’t know you could do that on Google – must have taken some hours and hard work..!

  4. December 27th, 2008 at 12:19 | #4

    lindon is very beautiful cuty

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