The Oil Spill Next Door

National
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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At the rate of 5,000 barrels per day, it would take two days to create a Victorian-sized oil spill.

When trying to wrap his brain around the quantities of oil oozing into the Gulf, Hulett Jones of the San Francisco firm Jones Haydu reacted like an architect: He went to SketchUp and did some modeling. Haydu then extracted his ideas to a nifty YouTube video that comes to the clever conclusion that ¬†One Victorian = 2 days of leakage. Wouldn’t it be great if news stories provided this sort of concrete analog for their data points? Edward Tufte would be proud. You can watch the video after the jump.

4 Responses to “The Oil Spill Next Door”

  1. Kevin says:

    Too bad the spill was just upgraded to 60,000 barrels/day. Guess he’ll have to start using skyscrapers.

  2. [...] via The Architect’s Newspaper Blog: [...]

  3. [...] exactly? In order to paint yourself a picture, check out this nifty visualization we found over at The Architect’s Newspaper Blog created by Hullet Jones of the San Francisco firm Jones | Haydu. Basically, 10,000 barrels of oil [...]

  4. [...] exactly? In order to paint yourself a picture, check out this nifty visualization we found over at The Architect’s Newspaper Blog created by Hullet Jones of the San Francisco firm Jones | Haydu. Basically, 10,000 barrels of oil [...]

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