More 3D Cities Appearing in Google Earth

Over the past two weeks, I’ve had a series of reports of new 3D cities added in Google Earth. Not all the new cities have photo-realistic textures. Some of them are have the 3D architecture, but have plain gray surfaces. But, even so, its always impressive to see shape of a city take form in Google Earth. To see the cities, makes sure you turn on the 3D Buildings layer. You can choose whether to view just “Photorealistic” or “Gray buildings” (sub-layers).
In the photo-realistic side, we just recently saw Dublin and Cardiff added. Now, according to DigitalUrban, Birmingham, England has been released. And it looks really well done. Here’s a short video showing the new 3D city there:

In the gray-building category, I’ve heard rumors there are several new cities. Here’s a list of cities I’ve heard have been added. (If you know of other new cities, please report them as a comment to this post):

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
  • Caracas, Venezuela
  • Santiago, Chile

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Caracas, Venezuela.

  2. São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Santiago (Chile) have got new 3d grey buildings as well.

  3. Tiago Carraro says:

    São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
    Also in gray-building!

  4. Middle-Island says:

    San Jose, California is now offered in photogenerated 3D.
    It’s notable that some cities’ central business districts have been filling in nicely without the help of “automated” models. Some U.S. cites include Fort Worth, Little Rock, Birmingham (AL), Albuquerque, Tucson, Omaha, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City. Most of the West Palm Beach and Cincinnati CBDs have suddenly appeared, whereas there was little or none until recently.
    Abroad, the cities are too numerous to mention. Extensive quality models can be found in Jakarta, where there were virtually none a few months ago. Same to be said for places such as Glasgow, Brisbane, Kiev, Panama City, Dubai.

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