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All the 2D People

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We don't spend a lot of time thinking about the people in architectural renderings, but happily for us, the Times' Rob Walker has done just that. The rendering people, also called "scalies," "people textures," and "populating images," are sold in sets on CD, and "you can take the most random rendering and just stick in a few people — someone listening to an iPod, somebody reading a newspaper, maybe a couple holding hands, some guy playing an acoustic guitar. Suddenly it’s meant to make the entire building beyond critique; it’s already part of our city.” We're guessing the Allen Street Hotel hipsters came from the "120 Casual People" set, which retails for $70. [NYT]