CyberCity3D has just pushed out a lot of 3D buildings for the San Francisco area. They’re all gray buildings (no textures), but the number of buildings is quite impressive. As per their Facebook Page, they’ve just covered the neighborhoods of Marina, Cow Hollow, Japan Town, Fillmore, Hayes Valley, Haight-Ashbury, Cole Valley, Inner Sunset, Outer Sunset, Laurel Heights, Inner Richmond, Outer Richmond, Sea Cliff and Pacific Heights. Below is a snapshot of Haight-Ashbury, with downtown San Francisco in the distance:
While the buildings are non-textured, they weren’t done hurriedly. As you can see in the photo above, they’ve taken the time to indlude angles, arches, gables, chimneys, dormers, etc.
This ties in nicely with the new Building Maker tool that Google released yesterday. The area just released by CyberCity3D happens to be in an area supported by Building Maker. You can pick your favorite sites, model them in textured 3D, and they’ll appear in Google Earth alongside the gray buildings that are there now.
I’d expect buildings rendered in Building Maker to start appearing in Google Earth within a few weeks. The SketchUp team does a weekly push of new buildings to Google Earth, so once they start approving these new buildings, they should start going out each week. I’ve personally modeled about 25 buildings so far, because it’s so easy to do (and kinda fun!). For example, this building I modeled in Austin only took about five minutes.
If you notice any of your Building Maker buildings being approved and showing up in Google Earth, let us know!