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Published on Nov 21, 2010

URBAN EARTH is a project to (re)present our habitat by walking across some of Earth's biggest urban areas. The media distorts the way we see our world(s) with stereotypical images highlighting the most extremes of places. URBAN EARTH aims to expose what our cities really look like away from the bias and spin of commercial agendas.

URBAN EARTH: MEXICO CITY was created over three days in July 2008 and is made up of 6423 images... one for every 8 steps of the walk (roughly).

URBAN EARTH is a movement that anyone can join - just find an urban area and walk across it. URBAN EARTH is an opportunity for adventure, exploration, freedom, community activism and dialogue. Find out more at www.geographycollective.co.uk.


Geography is more important than many people think. A random route across a city may expose many things, but an URBAN EARTH walk is special because it attempts to reveal what a city is like for the people who live in it. URBAN EARTH is not about following the tourist trail or tracking down the most extreme places... it is about finding normality.

The route was carefully designed to show the distribution of wealth within the city. For example where the poorest 20% of the population might occupy 14% of urban space, roughly 14% of the walk travels through these most deprived areas. The length of the walk is also propotionate to the size of the city. Where possible the route also travels through areas with the greatest population densities.

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