BEFORE | AFTER - ABOUT | FAQ
WHAT IS A 'BEFORE AFTER' IMAGE?
'TIME MACHINE' ?
HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROJECT?
MOST COMMON COMMENTS
IMAGE SOURCES AND SHARING
COUNTRIES NOT APPEARING IN THE PROJECT
HOW ARE THE IMAGES FOUND?
HOW DID THE PROJECT BEGIN?
WHO PREPARES THE IMAGES?
What is 'Before/After'? The Before/After images that Urb-i produces shows a location from the exact same viewpoint at different times, both before and after the transformation has occurred. All chosen images show some kind of improvement to the public space. These improvements include everything from increased pedestrian-friendliness and saftey features to new infrastructure for bicycles and public transport.
The images below exemplify this- the 2011 image with a car-oriented expressway versus the 2014 image which is clearly much more 'people-friendly'.
WHAT IS GOOGLE STREETVIEW 'TIME MACHINE' ??
The 'Time Machine' function in Google Streetview is what makes finding Before/After images possible. By clicking the little clock icon, available past images of the locations are shown.
Watch the video below for more information about these images:
WHAT IS A 'BEFORE AFTER' IMAGE ??
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GOOGLE STREETVIEW COVERAGE?
Below is a time-lapse evolution of Google Streetview coverage between 2007-2015:
ARE ALL IMAGES FROM GOOGLE STREETVIEW?
CAN I SHARE THE IMAGES? HELP ME SELECT IMAGES!
No. While the great majority of images in the project are from Google Streetview, not all of them are. In this Wikipedia page , other Streerview service sites are listed.
Notably, images from South Korea are from Daum Maps, a local service with a more extensive coverage of the country than that of Google Streetview.
For places where there are missing before or after images, alternative images are found on the internet and the source is given in the image description.
CAN I SHARE THE IMAGES - Feel free to use our images, making sure to include credits from Urb-i and from image sources, such as Streetview and others. Also, please link our site or Facebook page whenever possible! Thanks :-)
HELP ME SELECT IMAGES - If you are interested in writing an article about the project and are having a difficult time selecting from the ever-growing selection of images on the site, we have already made a compilation of some of the best transformations.
You can access these through the Before After Favourites page
COUNTRIES THAT DON'T APPEAR IN THE PROJECT HAVE NO TRANSFORMATIONS?
Not necessarily. The project depends mainly on Streetview images availabe in a specific country, and many countries have only limited coverage or no coverage at all. For example, Germany had major cities covered in 2008-2009, but later Streetview images were prohibited due to privacy issues. This makes finding "after" images there very difficult.
Other countries have only just recently been added to Streetview and therefore have not had enough time to register transformations of past images.
HOW ARE THE BEFORE AFTER IMAGES FOUND?
Images are found in various ways:
Browsing Streetview - simply exploring cities around the world and finding transformations.
Comparing aerial photography - using Google Earth, we compare satellite images of different years and then check those images against Streetview.
E-mails from users - we receive many e-mails with before and after images.
Following projects in relevant websites - when we see articles or images of new projects, we confirm on Streetview to see what the situation was prior to the transformation.
HOW DID THE BEFORE AFTER PROJECT BEGIN?
Map drawing and research, as well as Streetview analysis of cities, were always a hobby of Urb-i member Yuval Fogelson, who is responsible for the Before/After project. However, the findings of these searches were not saved or shared at first, but rather just kept for general knowledge.
In April 2015, we started to post a few examples on our newly-created Facebook page to share with our fans. We began receiving a lot of positive and inspiring feedback and, from then on, the collection just kept growing- with more than 1,000 images in just the first year. While it must be noted that we saw a few before and after images beforehand on different sites, we were determined to make a site which created a significant database of examples, something that had never been done before. The Gallery is constantly growing and improving, so be sure to check out the changes and become a fan!
WHO PREPARES THE IMAGES?
The Before/After project is headed up by Urb-i member Yuval Fogelson, who curates the gallery website, the image search and the preparation of images. The images are now prepared together with the help of a growing team of international collaborators who volunteer their free time.
Major Before/After contributors: Michele Piu, Jon Seymour
Before/After contributors: Jaqueline Rodrigues, Eduarda Aun, Mariana Costa, Rodolfo Macedo, João Bastos, Gregory Taillon, Rafael Nacimento, Juliana Kakitani
HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROJECT??
The Before/After Project, like with all of Urb-i's projects, is a collaborative project and one in which you can contribute to! There are different activities with which you can help. Some activities, like image preparation, are already well underway, while other activities, such as programming and database management, require more help in order to improve the site.
You can also be a part of our team!
OR, SEND US YOUR BEFORE-AFTER NOW!
Please feel free to contribute to our gallery and send locations of before-after images using: