About Us

Cube Cities is a floor-level technology platform designed to visually communicate building information. Using open data standards and browser-based virtual globes, Cube Cities develops applications that present building information vertically. Our expanding coverage areas include thousands of buildings throughout the largest urban areas in the world.

12 September 2014

Cube Cities on Cesium @ FOSS4G 2014

We've been working with the Cesium 3D mapping software to visualize our building data. Cesium is exciting because its an open-source virtual globe that does not require a plugin to work in the web browser. Cesium has a very rich set of functionality and promises to deliver amazing city and building search interfaces for Cube Cities in the future.

This video clip from a Cesium presentation by Patrick Cozzi, founder of Cesium, points out our development efforts at the FOSS4G 2014 conference this week. A link to the full presentation will appear when posted.

The images below are Cesium screenshots showing our Chicago building data visualized by usage: commercial, residential, other.

Chicago Multigeometry Buildings on ESRI Maps in Cesium

Chicago Multigeometry by Usage on a Stamen Toner map.

Densification of the Chicago Loop from 1870 to Present

Here's a quick floor-by-floor visualization of the growth of Chicago's commercial core since 1870. See the video below for the full growth animation.

Chicago Loop 1960
Chicago Loop 1980
This video shows buildings emerging as the decades pass and shows only buildings that currently exist today.

High resolution, fullscreen link

7 September 2014

Floor-indexing San Francisco: Cube Cities API

Cube Cities now offers API access to our database of floor information for commercial and residential buildings downtown San Francisco. Our database contains over 20 attributes for every building, including floor-specific geospatial data. 

One key application for the Cube Cities API is enabling customer mapping of their internal private data sources such as tenant information. Another is to visualize floor-level data that regularly changes such as energy and water consumption. 

The Cube Cities API provides authenticated access to our dataset through a simple REST API. Contact us for pricing and license terms.

The imagery below illustrates Cube Cities floor data relative to Google's autogenerated 3D imagery, which now provides a complete virtual representation of urban San Francisco. 

One Rincon Hill - South Tower

Transamerica Pyramid
Four Embarcadero Center
Millenium Tower 
345 California Center
555 California Street

5 September 2014

Cesium: The Future of Virtual Globes

Cesium is a free, open-source virtual globe platform for web browsers that uses WebGL to create sophisticated 3D maps without a plugin. Cesium uses a geospatial data schema called CZML that can draw building models, lines and polygons overtop of base maps. 

Cube Cities building data such as floors, outlines, internal building cores and multigeometry shapes can be drawn and distributed using Cesium. Using the Cesium platform Cube Cities building data can now be seen with base map data from Bing Maps, ESRI, OpenStreet Maps and Stamen Design.

Learn more about Cesium here.

Cube Cities building geometry in Cesium with the Stamen Toner base map

The video below is an example of a Cube Cities multigeometry building model (500 West Madison Street in Chicago's West Loop) drawn in Cesium with a cycled series of open source base maps.

Fullscreen, high resolution link

1 August 2014

Cube Cities: One of Alberta’s 25 Most Innovative Organizations

From Alberta Venture Magazine:


Cube Cities

Aug 1, 2014

by Alberta Venture Staff

Senior executive: Greg Angevine
Founded: 2010
Headquartered: Calgary
There is lots of free data available on the Internet about real estate for rent – which buildings, how many square feet, cost. But the information has also been, well, flat. Cube Cities is changing that. Over the past four years, Cube Cities has developed software that takes real estate data and creates three-dimensional animations. Now, landlords can drag their Excel sheets full of building information, space availability and tenant listings directly into Google Earth. As a renter, you can watch interactive videos showing you what floors in a building are available, with colour coding to delineate different prices and other search criteria.
But as CEO Greg Angevine says, the software can do much more than that. “What we’ve built is a floor-level visualization,” he says. “Commercial real estate is the obvious application, but we’re also talking about developing a visualization system for first responders in the U.S. and we’re talking to the development authority in Singapore about basically building a city dashboard.”

30 July 2014

Cube Markets Flight of Brookfield's Portfolio - Downtown Toronto

The Brookfield Office Properties portfolio in Toronto

This image shows the available office space market in Toronto (in red) and the Brookfield Office Properties portfolio downtown Toronto.

Brookfield office properties in blue, available office space in red.

This video flies to each property in the Brookfield Property Partners (NYSE: BPY; TSX: BPY.UN) portfolio interacting with the available office space market downtown Toronto.