A phin­isi built for two; Oslo’s wa­ter­front re­nais­sance; fes­ti­val sea­son in Ed­in­burgh; a street­wise food tour of Dubai; four re­gional restaurants in re­view; where to stay in Am­s­ter­dam; al­ter­na­tive art spa­ces in Hanoi; and more…

It may look like fire­works or a piece of frac­tal art, but this im­age is in fact a dig­i­tal vi­su­al­iza­tion of flight paths over Europe. Mapped by Michael Marki­eta, a trans­port plan­ner with global en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tancy Arup (, it pro­vides a strik­ing snapshot of move­ments to and from avi­a­tion hubs—the brighter, the busier—and a re­minder of how con­nected our world has be­come. Marki­eta col­lected data for more than 58,000 global flight paths from open-source project Open­ to cre­ate this and a se­ries of other maps that re­veal flight pat­terns over the rest of the globe. It’s a mes­mer­iz­ing look at the way we travel.

GUID­ING LIGHT An Arup vi­su­al­iza­tion of flight paths over Europe.

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