Links: Building Design Competition, Google Wave

Hasbro Monopoly Building Design Competition: Hasbro, the company behind Monopoly City Streets, has just announced a competition to let users design buildings that might appear in the game. Between now and October 6, design your building using Google SketchUp and then upload it to the Google 3D Warehouse. Within 48 hours, your model will appear in the official Building Competition Collection. The more buildings you create, the better your chances of winning. Be sure to get your buildings submitted by October 6, and the winners will be announced on October 13.
Google Wave: The much anticipated Google Wave is set to open up to 100,000+ new users tomorrow. While this is primarily a collaboration tool, it’s got some huge potential for the mapping world. Google’s Pamela Fox has been working on a Maps gadget for Wave, and she gave a sneak peek of it today. Integrating Maps and Wave is simply brilliant, as you’ll see in the video below. Beyond just Maps, I’d expect we’ll see a Google Earth plug-in gadget before too long. Check out the video below to see what they’ve cooked up so far:

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. If you want to see the Monopoly competition buildings on your iPhone in 3D, you can do so with NaviCAD ( Just type in “monopolycompetition09” in the search interface and tap a result. Note that NaviCAD is only a viewing/navigating app. Any suggestions are welcome–send an email to
    thanks, Chuck Han (one of the NaviCAD developers)

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