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Rendering People

Spend enough time looking at architectural renderings, and your eye will eventually drift to the out-of-context people that populate the images. "But where did these uncanny little citizens come from, and what are they really up to?" asks New York Times writer Rob Walker. Some in the business refer to them as "scalies," and there is a apparently a small "people-texture industry" that sells populating images for renderings. According to the story, some architects create their own scalies, and some insert images of famous people into their renderings. [New York Times]